TCS mathletes earn top marks

The 2018-2019 math contest season came to a successful conclusion as Trinity College School celebrated the achievements of our mathletes during morning chapel service on Friday, May 24th. This year, TCS scored the top result in our zone in four of the nine high school tests administered by the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Education in Mathematics (CEMC).

Many of our mathletes spend countless hours, with the support of our math department faculty, preparing for these very demanding contests. Competing against peers from around the world, students who place in the top 25% globally are recognized with a certificate of Distinction and a lapel pin (with repeat Distinction winners earning a gold pin). Medals are presented to the top student at the School in each contest.

In November, several students who had performed well on previous math contests were invited to write the Canadian Intermediate and Senior Mathematics Competitions. At the Intermediate level, Lily Lai and Michael Yip tied for school champion. At the Senior level, Andy Niu (school champion), Jack Zhang and Jacky Zhu earned Distinction, and overall our seniors earned the top ranking in our zone.

Throughout the spring, contests were written at each grade level. Students who performed well on the grade contest were invited to write the more difficult problem-solving test at that grade level.

In the Grade 9 Pascal Contest, the TCS team placed first overall in our zone and Distinction was earned by: Jack Sprayson (school champion), Uday Talasila, Yixin Xiang, Finlay Schieman and Tobi Adeusi. Jack’s win was all the more impressive as he is only in Grade 8! Yixin Xiang (school champion), Uday Talasila and Grade 8 student Danny Liu went on to achieve Distinction in the Grade 9 Fryer problem-solving contest.

In the Grade 10 level Cayley Contest, Distinction was attained by Lily Lai (school champion), Grace Lu, Eric Wang, Loretta Hu, Yena Lee, Kyle Munns and Michael Yip. Grace Lu went on to become school champion in the Galois problem-solving contest, with Distinction also earned by Loretta Hu, Zoe Fingas, Lily Lai and Kyle Munns.

At the Grade 11 level, TCS earned zone championship status in both the Fermat Contest and the Hypatia problem-solving contest. Distinction on the Fermat went to Andy Niu (school champion), Stella Chen, Jayden Lefebvre, Aidan Wylie, Michelle Fan, Jacky Zhu and Jack Zhang. On the more challenging Hypatia, Distinction was attained by Jack Zhang (school champion), Michelle Fan, Rita Han and Andy Niu.

The most rigourous of all the math contests is the Grade 12 Euclid. Two TCS students earned Distinction in this 2.5-hour problem-solving test, their accomplishment all the more noteworthy as they are both currently in Grade 11. Hypatia champion Jack Zhang capped off a fantastic year by earning his fourth Distinction award in the Euclid, and Andy Niu earned both Distinction and school champion awards in the Euclid to go with his championships in the Senior Canadian and Fermat contests. As a result of his strong showing, Andy has been personally invited by the University of Waterloo to attend the week-long Lloyd Auckland Math Workshop.

Once again, there was much to celebrate in terms of the strong results posted by our math contest participants, and the commitment shown by each and every student who challenged themselves by writing the contests this year. The math department is looking forward to the 2019-2020 contest season, with practices starting in September, and interested students are most welcome to speak with any math teacher about this opportunity.