At Sierra Canyon, it's good to be a Mathlete! Check out some of the many reasons the Math Team has to celebrate below.
The Proof is in the Results: Math Team Wows at Johns Hopkins
The Sierra Canyon Math Team placed 3rd in the Team Round at Johns Hopkins Math Tournament (JHMT), besting 90 other teams and finishing only 1 point behind first place.
The Team Round was a 24-hour component of the contest, where students had to write proofs of mathematical theorems based on definitions of concepts that were new to them. SC tied with the 4th place team, but contest organizers determined that Sierra Canyon’s “overall quality of proofs” was better, and that broke the tie. The JHMT consists not entirely of school teams but also includes a large number of regional clubs and all-star groups not affiliated with any specific high school. What a remarkable achievement by the SC Math Team!
On individual components of the contest, Sierra Canyon’s Phillip Miao ’22 took 1st place in the Calculus Round, a very challenging part of the exam, which 48 students overall attempted to undergo. Otto Rahmel ’22 finished 14th in the same round. Alex Bai ’24 placed 18th overall out of 145 students in the Probability and Combinatorics portion of the competition, and he also placed 20th overall out of 309 in the Algebra Round.
Congratulations to Alex Bai, Pierre Baza (’21), Youbin Cho (’21), Phillip Miao, Dylan Ochoa (’24), Otto Rahmel, Wendy Wang (’23), and Shuming Zhao (’23) for a fantastic performance at this Johns Hopkins Math Tournament this year!
Congratulations to Rose Domzalski ’24 and Sharon Li ’23, who earned Sierra Canyon a 2nd place victory at the LA/OC Chapter inteGIRLS Spring Competition on April 17. The girls competed as a duo against teams of four from around Los Angeles and Orange counties. They collaborated effectively on the team round and solved eight of the ten problems in limited time. After the main rounds, Rose and Sharon were able to work with girls from other schools to solve additional math problems in the shuffle round while grading of the main contest occurred. Congratulations to our girls on the SC Math Team!
San Diego Honors Math Contest
Sierra Canyon wins 3rd place in the top division at the San Diego Honors Math Contest! After winning 1st place in Division B a couple of years ago, Sierra Canyon’s Math Team was promoted to the highly competitive Division A. This year, they are showing continued improvement and success, competing against the highest levels in southern California.
Three Sierra Canyon students made it into the top 20 and were recognized by contest organizers and professors at UC San Diego for their achievements: Otto Rahmel (’22) earned 19th place overall, Alex Bai ’24 earned 12th, and Phillip Miao ’22 earned 4th. Their achievement in scores was heavily supported by their written work and proofs in the infamous Part II of the contest. One of the problems used a technique called “generating functions” that, coincidentally, had been recently learned during the team’s weekly practices. In a remarkable success, Phillip scored a perfect 100 points on this proof portion of the contest!
Congratulations to the whole team on their success and experience at the San Diego Honors Math Contest this year!
Sierra Canyon Advances to Nationals in Mathleague.org Competition Series
Through a year of hard training and diligent pursuit of mastery of concepts, the SC Math Team continued to show results in the Mathleague.org 2020-21 season, earning a place at the Southern California State Championships and finishing as the top school in the competition. Our team comprised Alex Bai (’24), Pierre Baza ’21, Youbin Cho ’21, Lance Matthies ’24, Logan Matthies ’24, Zack Mazaheri ’21, Phillip Miao ’22, Otto Rahmel ’22, Dylan Ochoa ’24, Thanos Spiropoulos ’23, Wendy Wang ’23, and Shuming Zhao ’23. The team will be advancing to Nationals on June 12.
Individually, Alex Bai earned 1st place, and Dylan Ochoa earned 4th among all 9th graders. Shuming Zhao earned 1st among all 10th graders, and Wendy Wang came in 2nd. Phillip Miao earned 1st among all juniors, and Otto 2nd. Zack Mazaheri earned 1st among all seniors, Youbin Cho earned 2nd, and Pierre Baza placed 3rd.
The same contest was given at State Championships across the country. On the national scale, Alex Bai placed 5th overall out of 128 freshmen who qualified for state in their individual states. Shuming earned 30th and Wendy 34th out of 125 sophomores. Phillip finished in 5th place among all 121 juniors. And Zack earned 10th and Youbin 14th out of all 69 competing seniors!
Congratulations to the whole team, and good luck at Nationals in June!