Canyon Crest Academy recently placed second in the 2012 Ciphering Time Trials, a national mathematics contest administered by National Assessment & Testing (http://www.natassessment.com). Coach Brian Shay prepared students for the last major competition of 2012, consisting of 10 rounds in which they had three minutes to solve three problems. The problems in each round covered a range of difficulties in diverse topics, challenging the most-experienced students to answer all three questions within the time limit and requiring less-experienced students to quickly decide which problems they’ll need to skip.
After results from students across the country were double-checked, many of Canyon Crest Academy’s students received individual awards, helping their team to place 2nd among the top schools in the country. Thomas Swayze placed 2nd in the 12th-grade division, and Kevin Choe was 25th in the 10th-grade division. In the 11th-grade division, Brandon Zeng and Paolo Gentili tied for 2nd place, Eric Chen placed 4th, and Catherine Wu was 22nd.
In the 9th-grade division, Eshaan Nichani placed 3rd, Tristan Pollner was 6th, Bhairav Chidambaram placed 9th, and Zilu Pan and Jason Ke tied for 18th place.