Bishop’s students placed third in Division A, with three students placing in the top 10 in this annual regional competition with students from schools in San Diego and Orange counties. Members of the upper school math club earned a total of 438 points.
Sponsored by both UC San Diego’s Division of Physical Sciences and the Department of Mathematics, “The purpose of the contest is to provide recognition and encouragement to mathematically-talented high school students. Each year it attracts hundreds of students from more than 20 high schools throughout the county (and beyond) to participate in a two-part mathematics competition,” according to the event website. The exams were administered on Saturday, May 2.
Bishop’s math teacher Dr. Jay Zhao notes, “The Bishop’s School has participated in this contest for some years now. This year, we placed third in the Division A three years in a row. Two students scored in the top 10 last year: Evan Ren ’21 (seventh place) and Eddie Qiao ’23 (ninth place). Both got sixth place this year. Daniel Xu ’23, placed ninth individually this year.”
Matthew Ai ’20, says, “Despite many other math competitions canceling due to Covid-19, such as the Berkeley Math Tournament which we registered for, the UCSD Honors Math Contest migrated to an online format instead of canceling. So we were very fortunate to still compete, especially since the UCSD contest has been a Bishop's yearly tradition. This year we had a record 14 contestants on our team, more than any previous year; Eddie, Emma Hong ’22, Evan and me, this year was our third time competing.”
“Our Bishop's Math Team prepares both individually and as a group. In January, I led a team training session with the guidance of our sponsor, Dr. Zhao. In April, due to the coronavirus, we prepared at home by studying practice problem sets. In addition to Dr. Zhao's help, the math department has been very kind to cover our registration fees. We appreciate the School's encouragement of Bishop's students to compete in math competitions, which is one of the best ways for students to improve upon their math abilities and distinguish themselves. Bishop's math contest results have been improving every year, and I hope that Bishop's will continue to make a name for itself in the high-school math world, locally and nationally, through the years ahead.”
Congratulations to the math team!