Foothill Math Tournament

Foothill's math club recently hosted the school's first-ever Foothill Math Tournament, drawing students from Foothill and Amador Valley high schools and the city's three middle schools to match wits in various math competitions.

Foothill took first place with students Bryce Hwang, Kevin Zhuang and Justin Cha, who each won a Texas Instruments (TI) calculator. Foothill also won second place with students Jessica Li, Amanda Jocson and Jennifer Zhu. A middle school team won third place with students Andy Peng from Hart and James Du and Michael An from Pleasanton Middle School.

The tournament drew roughly 180 students from the five middle and high schools in town. Forty students served as tournament judges while the other 141 students competed in the tournament.

The event was hosted by Mu Alpha Theta Club, Foothill's math club. Club officers who helped organize the two-day after-school event are Akshay Ravikumar, Yujin Kim, Nathan Zhang and Roland Huang with support of the club adviser Scott Gorsuch.

The tournament was sponsored by Texas Instruments, Art of Problem Solving Foundation, Jane Street Capital, EMC Corporation, Wolfram Research and Ross. The top eight teams received prizes worth more than $1,000 donated by the sponsors.

The Foothill Math Tournament was a huge success by promoting student interest in math. Foothill's math club hopes to expand the competition in future years.

Posted Wednesday, June 11, 2014