By Amelia Anthony
The Math Team earned first place at the second Bay Math League meet of the year this Wednesday, held at Arcadia High School. Out of the 12 schools present, South Pasadena came out victorious, placing ahead of longtime rivals and consistent top scorers San Marino, Arcadia, North Hollywood, and Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Thirty-five SPHS students competed in the five rounds, which were split into the following categories: parallel and perpendicular lines, solving quadratic equations, solving logarithmic equations, related rates, and the wild-card “research” category. Seniors Jaehyung Choi and Kendrick Shen, sophomore Michael Xiong, and freshmen Adam Yang and Sam Clark each achieved the full points possible in the competition. Six other students received the second highest score possible.
The team, along with advisor Mr. Andrew McGough, was satisfied with the improvement from the previous meet’s fourth place ranking. It now stands in second place in the overall standings. The next Bay Math League competition will take place on February 22, 2017 at Long Beach Polytechnic.
“I think that our team did an amazing job,” junior team member Daniel Kim said. “Some people received scores that weren’t as good as they expected, but everyone did well and was surprised to see that we had won.”