Two Bishop’s teams took first place honors over the weekend in the San Diego chapter’s competition.
The organization is a “global nonprofit founded to empower girls in STEM, especially mathematics,” and has 12 chapters around the world. This is the third annual spring competition, and the second virtual event. According to the chapter website, “Each contestant competes in either the middle or high school division. The contest consists of three main rounds: team, relay and individual. The individual is scored separately from the others, and there is also an optional, for-fun Estimathon that does not count toward team scores.”
The 45-minute team round was first, with each team working together to solve 15 problems. The second was a “relay round,” featuring two collaborative 10-minute sets of four problems. In the individual round, each girl was given 40 minutes to solve 20 problems. The “estimathon” featured 10 estimation-based problems for the teams to solve together in 30 minutes, which were scored “by proximity to the correct answer.”
Bishop’s middle school division team members were Angelina Kim, Emmie Kao, Hanna Liang and Selene Wang. As a team, these eighth-graders finished in first place, with Hanna earning second place in the individual round.
Competing in the high school division on April 10 were ninth-graders Paulina Ai, Sophia Guan, Sienna Li and Bhadra Rupesh, who named their team the "Exploding Gummy Bears." Their team won first place in the team round, relay round, and overall. In the individual round, Bhadra placed third, with Sienna in fifth, Sophia in seventh and Paulina in eleventh place.