Outstanding achievement in mathematics was recognized at the 31st annual South Pasadena Middle School Open House Awards ceremony on May 23.
Eighth grader Ricky Luo was presented as Mathematician of the Year. He led the South Pasadena Tiger Cub team in 10 local, state, and national events.
The SPMS math team recently completed a very successful year. SPMS 6th and 7th graders received Top Team recognition at the 33rd Los Angeles County Math Field Day. The team ranked among the best in the state and nation in many events noted below.
The United States Math Olympiad Committee sent a Commendation of Distinction to Luo and 8th graders Edward Zhou and Lev Tumaykin for ranking in the top 1% in the AMC8 math competition. Sequoia Ding was sent a Certificate of Honor for excellence among 6th graders taking the 8th grade exam. More information is available at www.unl.edu/amc.
Rocket City Math challenges students with three rounds of problem solving. The 7th graders ranked 2nd in the country, and the 8th graders were 3rd. Eighth grader Chanyu Kim tied for 1st in the nation, and his teammates Noah Kuhn and Luo were among the top ten scoring individuals nationally. Details are available at www.rocketcitymath.org.
SPMS 8th graders ranked sixth in the state in the California Math League while the 7th graders were 10th overall. Sixth grader Sequoia Ding ranked 5th in the state. Full details are available at: www.mathleague.com.
SIGMA is a national math competition headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. More than 2,000 students from 125 middle schools were challenged over a five month period. SPMS 7th graders placed 2nd in the nation. The combined scores of the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade ranked 4th in the U.S. 6th grader Alex Ninomiya, 7th grader Jackie Mancera, and 8th grader Ethan Xie tied for 2nd at their grade level. For more information: www.sigmamathcontest.com.
Highest Team Achievement awards were presented to all three SPMS grade level teams by the MATH OLYMPIAD. Sixth grader Yunha Bae was awarded the George Lenchner medallion for five perfect rounds. See www.moems.org for more information.
The Perennial is an online problem solving challenge emanating from Huntsville, Alabama. Led by a perfect score from 8th grader Miranda Liu, the SPMS team ranked among the best in the nation. www.perennial.com.