Canyon Crest Academy places 3rd in national math contest


San Diego’s Canyon Crest Academy has some of the best high-school mathematicians in the country, as demonstrated by its 3rd place finish in the 2012 Fall Startup Event, a national mathematics contest administered by National Assessment & Testing ( Coach Brian Shay prepared students for the first major competition of the academic year, in which students worked furiously for 30 minutes, racing to answer 100 problems in a variety of mathematical topics. With so many questions and so little time, competitors must not only have strong mathematical skills, but also be able to quickly decide which problems to solve and which to skip.

After results from students across the nation were processed, several Canyon Crest Academy students received individual awards, helping their team to place 3rd in the nation.

In the 9th-grade division, Zilu Pan placed 3rd, Jason Ke and Eshaan Nichari tied for 5th-place, Tristan Pollner placed 11th, and Bhairav Chidambaram was 15th. Thomas Swayze placed 7th in the 12th-grade division, while in the 11th-grade division, Brandon Zeng placed 1th, Paolo Gentili was 3rd, and Eric Chen placed 13th. Canyon Crest Academy will be participating in all five of National Assessment & Testing’s contests this year, including the 2012 Team Scramble on Nov. 8 and the 2012 Ciphering Time Trials on Dec. 13.

National Assessment & Testing administers high-quality mathematics competitions that high schools can participate in through the mail. Their contests cover a variety of formats, including individual and team tests, as well as a variety of difficulties, from 100 easy problems in 30 minutes to 15 complex problems in one week.