Could you solve this math problem in 45 seconds or less? "Integers p and q are both prime and p 2 + q 2 = 53. What is the value of p + q?”
That’s just one of the challenging types of questions students from Campus Middle School successfully solved in the Colorado MathCounts State Championship, which is a qualifying tournament for the national MathCounts Competition. For the second consecutive year, Austen Mazenko, an eighth-grader, won the individual countdown round and he and his teammates, Rahul Thomas, Edward Lim and Anudeep Golla, won the team competition. They will compete in the national MathCounts Competition May 7-9 in Washington D.C. You can read more about their MathCounts success here.
Mazenko and Cherry Creek High School junior Avi Swartz and sophomore Isani Singh were named to Colorado’s top team in another prestigious math competition, the 2016 American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) Competition, which is often called the “World Series of Mathematics Competitions.” Mazenko, Swartz and Singh will be part of the A1 ARML team of 15 students who will compete at the National AMRL Competition June 3-5 at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. In addition, CCHS sophomore Aditya Kumar was named to the A2 ARML Team and freshman Sarah Gao made the team as an alternate. You can learn more about the American Regions Mathematics League program here.
Singh will also compete in the only national, all-girls high school math competition, the “Math Prize for Girls,” which will be held on Sept. 10 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge Mass. Only 300 female students from across the nation are invited to this competition.
To qualify for the Math Prize for Girls competition, students must be top scorers in the American Mathematics Competition exams, a series of challenging, co-ed exams offered nationally every year for high school-level math students. Singh earned the highest score in Colorado and tied for the seventh-highest score in the nation. This will be the third year in a row that Singh has represented Colorado in this prestigious competition. You can learn more about the Math Prize for Girls program here.