Mathematics is a universal language, and at Williston, we speak it fluently. Take junior Steven Wang, who has qualified to participate in the USA Math Olympiad, a 9-hour, two-day competition made up of six problems. The Olympiad is a highly selective mathematics competition and for the third year in a row, Steven qualified for a spot.
Last year Steven and top scorers in the Math Olympiad made it to the 30-person Math Olympiad Program Summer Camp, an outcome he will try to repeat this year.
“What I’m most excited about is how a huge range of students from all corners of Williston are able to find success on the Math Team. From students taking Algebra 1 to Multivariable Calculus students and beyond, from 7th graders to seniors, from students who are competing for the first time, to seasoned pros like Steven, all Williston students can experience the true joy of mathematics on the Math Team!”
The math department has been humming on all cylinders recently. Here are some updates:
- A team of 8 middle school girls competed at Wilbraham and Monson Math Competition, the team’s first appearance at the event!
- A team of 5 high school girls competed at the Girls in Math competition at Yale, finishing 8th out of 23 teams.
- The math team finished 16th—its highest-ever finish, in the New England Math League competition.
- Members of the team will compete at the Math Majors of America Tournament for High Schools on April 13 at Yale University.
- The Williston community will welcome Po-Shen Loh, an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University and national coach for the USA International Math Olympiad Team, pictured above, on April 12.
Professor Loh will address an assembly and talk about what he does to try to help everyone with the way they approach and learn math. His YouTube videos explore how math can help cheerleaders perfect their routines, football players run the ball into the end zone on the optimal path to avoid defenders, and Dota 2 players crack the code and win the game.
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