MHS Math Team Takes 1st

MHS ​Math Team Takes 1st in Ohio Math League & OCTM: Huang, Li, Liu, Parthasarathi & Zhu Earn Top Honors
Posted on 05/18/2018
MHS Math Team Takes 1st in Ohio Math League & OCTMThe Mason High School Math Team​ recently completed their competition season with many accomplishments.

MHS earned first place in Ohio in the Ohio Math League - a series of six competitions that students throughout the state compete in.

The Ohio Council of Teacher of Mathematics (OCTM) competition is a test consisting of 40 questions in one hour with a maximum score of 40 points. Ten MHS students competed, including Sruthi Parthasarathi who placed first! MHS also placed first in the Team Competition with ten students. To put this into perspective, the school district who tied with MHS for first had 23 students present.

​"
In terms of 'training' for these competitions,
 ​
the individuals do a lot on their own and use their own time outside of the classroom," 
​explained MHS
​ Math teacher and Mu Alpha Theta / Math Team Advisor Colleen Everett. 
​"
There are quite a few practice resources that they utilize. At the 
​beginning 
of the year is 
when
 we have the most interaction between
​myself and the math team 
members.

Nine MHS students who participated in the OCTM qualified for the Ohio High School Mathematics Invitational Olympiad (OHMI0) on March 31 at Capital University in Columbus, OH. This competition focuses on rewarding mathematical excellence and encouraging team work. Parthasarathi placed sixth in the Championship and was named a Super Mathlete, while Peter Zhu placed fourth in the Championship and was also named a Super Mathlete. Jeffrey Huang, Jack Li, and Richard Liu were also named Super Mathletes.

Along with his other accomplishments this season, sophomore Parthasarathi qualified for the (United States of America Junior Math Olympiad (USAJMO). on March 18-19. To qualify for this event, students needed to do well in both the AMC 10/12 and the AIME. The AMC is a 15 question, 75 minute exam and the AIME is a 15 question, three hour exam.
The USAJMO is a six question proof exam that is spread over nine hours between two days, three questions per day. Results of this competition will be available mid-late May.

Zhu earned a prize of $4,000 after being named the Mu Alpha Theta Scholarship recipient. 

Mu Alpha Theta and our Educational Foundation award $4,000 scholarships to our members every year. Any graduating high school senior or two-year college student who is an active member of a current Mu Alpha Theta chapter is eligible to win.

"The nominee should be an outstanding mathematics student and should have shown loyalty and dedication to his
​ or ​
her Mu Alpha Theta chapter, enthusiastically participating in local projects with evidence of service in mathematics,
" shared Everett. "
Peter had to write about why he believes he would be a great candidate to receive this scholarship
​, and he
 also had to have a letter of recommendation from me, his advisor.
​"​
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