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Math Club places fourth at regional competition

Photo: Senior Brian Deng, (First Row, 1st on the left) poses for a photo with other top scorers in the competition.

Math Club placed fourth out of 30 schools in the Pepperdine Math Day competition hosted at Pepperdine University on Saturday, Nov. 15. Club members took 45-question multiple choice tests, which had a time limit of an hour and a half. Team scores were determined by the average of the top five scores from each team.

“The competition test was hard because it was beyond the basic level that is taught in school. The time limit of two minutes per problem on the test was very stressful,” sophomore Alice Mo said. “The time limit kept me aware that I had to work efficiently. Not only that, but each question required lots of thinking and work. But, overall it was a great experience and I’m glad I went.”

Before the awards ceremony, members had the chance to participate in mini-competitions and raffle drawings.

“We got to have lunch at the university and discuss all the questions but they also had raffles and games for us to loosen the tension before the awards ceremony,” Mo said. “It was a game thing for everybody so I just watched and had fun. It was exciting to wait for the awards to be announced and to see a Walnut student win first place and see us place 4th overall.”

Pepperdine University offered scholarships to some students who placed in the individual competition, which only looked at the individual scores of each competitor. Senior Brian Deng placed first in the individual competition and received a $5,000 scholarship.

“At first, I feel embraced [honored] that I have gone so far in math, a subject most people tend to have boredom with,” Deng said. “Pepperdine is a great school, especially for foreign policy and business, except I wasn’t too interested in those areas. [Now, I know that it is] a place where programs or competitions are offered in my interests and it allows me to think that there is more to offer in the school.”

Pepperdine University professor David Strong hosted the event to celebrate and promote the use of math in the modern world.

“It was not pressuring at all, and even though there was a time restraint don’t freak out about it, you should just realize what you’re doing and why you are doing  it, it wasn’t something super serious, even though we want to represent our school and it would be really cool to win, you still have to not lose sight of the meaning [of the competition], like the experience,” Zhang said.  “It’s just a fun way to test your knowledge, see new problems, challenge yourself and see what kind of problems Pepperdine thinks of, what they expect us to know, what they expect us to not know, and it’s fun comparing answers with our teammates afterwards too, and comparing our solutions too.”

By Brandon Ng, News editor


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