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Students Shine in Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament

The testing room at Harvard.

Brian Wagner ’14, Jong Wook Kim ’13 champions of individual categories

November 29, 2010 —After a grueling, daylong math tournament at Harvard University on November 7, members of PA’s math club returned to Andover with multiple honors in tow, including an overall second-place team finish and two, first-place individual finishes.

Andover sent two teams to the 2010-2011 Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament, where they competed against more than 90 other teams representing 60 different schools and more than 400 student competitors from around the world.

The tournament format included two individual rounds (a general test and a theme test), a team round, and a guts round (an actively live relay round).

One of Andover’s two teams, PA2, won second place in the competition for overall tournament performance, as well as placing third in the team round and fourth in the guts round. PA2 members are Alex Kwon ’14, Brian Wagner ’14, Chuan Xu ’12, Fengning Ding ’12, Jong Wook Kim ’13 and Justin Wang ’13.

Two members of PA2 also took first place prizes in individual competitions. Wagner, of Newport Beach, Calif., placed first in the individual general tests, placing second in the individual total round. Kim, of Seoul, South Korea, placed first in the individual theme test, placing fifth in the individual total round. PA2’s Ding placed an impressive sixth in the general test.

The Harvard-MIT Math Tournament is an annual math tournament for high school students run by MIT and Harvard undergraduate students, and is considered one of the largest high school math competitions in the country. The main tournament takes place each February, but to accommodate a swell of participants in recent years, tournament organizers have added a second annual tournament in November for local high school students. In February 2009, Phillips Academy placed eighth overall, and placed sixth overall in November 2009.


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