SJA First in Vermont in New England Math League Competition
Academy math students earned the highest cumulative score in the state of Vermont for the 2017/18 school year in the annual New England Mathematics League competition, leading the Vermont teams with a cumulative score of 118. The Academy was also included in the cumulative league-wide High Scoring Schools list, ranking 28th out of more than 150 participating schools from throughout New England. Front Row, left to right, Toamin Barter, Sihan Dong, Hanzhang Yu, Yichen Lyu, JiaJun Shen, and Dali Kapanadze. Second row: Zixian Chen, Ziqi Gong, Liang Zhao, Zeou Wei, and Victor Xie. Third row: Dillon Ryan, Diasuke Yamada, Sung Woo Jang, Matthew Hunton, and Xinyi Xiong. Missing from photo: Kamila Uranayeva, Yufan Hu, Jianing Wu, and Zachary Anti.
Academy math students earned the highest cumulative score in the state of Vermont for the 2017/18 school year in the annual New England Mathematics League competition, leading the Vermont teams with a cumulative score of 118. The Academy was also included in the cumulative league-wide High Scoring Schools list, ranking 23rd out of more than 150 participating schools from throughout New England; among the other schools included on the High Scoring Schools list were Philips Andover Academy, Taft School, and St. Paul’s School.
Students who participated in the competition were Ziqi Gong ’18 from China, Hanzhang “Carlos” Yu ’19 from China, Toamin Barter ’18 from St. Johnsbury, Jiayue Katherine Wang ’19 from China, Yufan Hu ’21 from China, Liang Zhao ’20 from China, Dali Kapanadze ’18 from Ukraine, Jiajun Shen ’19 from China, Zixian Chen ’20 from China, Jianing Wu ’19 from China, Dillon Ryan ’19 from St. Johnsbury, Kamila Uranayeva ’18 from Kazakhstan, Matthew Hunton ’18 from Lyme, New Hampshire, Yichen Lyu ’18 from China, Daisuke Yamada ’19 from Japan, Sung-Woo Jiang ’20 from Korea, Victor Xie ’18 from China, Zeou Wei ’19 from China, Sihan Dong ’19 from China, Xinyi Monica Xiong ’21 from China, and Zachary Anti ’21 from Waterford.
According to the Math League’s website, “Math League’s High School Contests are the best in high school mathematics competition. Students in each league compete for the highest scores, while schools compete for the highest team score: the total of the top five scores in each school… Problems draw from a wide range of high school topics: geometry, algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, series, sequences, exponents, roots, integers, real numbers, combinations, probability, coordinate geometry, and more.” Each contest includes six questions and is limited to 30 minutes.
Mathematics League contests are a focus of the Academy Math Club, which was established around 1980 by the late Lucille Byrne to promote problem-solving skills in students. Sharon Fadden, Chair of the SJA Mathematics Department said, “The Math Club was recognized as one of the high-scoring teams after each of the six New England Math League competitions. Over 20 students’ scores have been reported (as school high-scorers) this year among many others at the Academy who participated in the contests. Their determination to maintain the high-scoring school status throughout the six months of competition is to be commended.”
Academy Headmaster Tom Lovett said, “Our math students continue to prove they are some of the top scholars in the region. I am impressed with both the achievements and the perseverance shown by them and their teachers. Lucille Byrne would be proud!”