It was a banner year for Santa Catalina's math students, as they took home major prizes from the 49th annual Mathletics competition and the California Math League.
Catalina students racked up 21 awards—including the top prize in calculus—at the Mathletics competition on May 13.
Seniors Audrey Bennett, Jayne Oentoro, and Chloe Zhao (above) received the new Robert P. Balles Schoalrship award, handed to the highest scoring Advanced Calculus team. The prize came with a check for $500 each.
Here are the other winners:
Gracy Deakyne '20 and Taylor Ford '20—Honorable Mentions
Annie Luo '19—3rd Place
Annie Luo, Candace Wong '20, and Lavender Zhou '20—1st Place Team
Candace Wong and Lavender Zhou—Honorable Mentions
Joanna Lin '20—3rd Place
Rosemary Lee '20, Sarah Ning '18, and Joanna Lin—1st Place Team
Rosemary Lee and Sarah Ning—Honorable Mentions
Jessica Cheng '18, Iris Kang '18, and Sophia Lee '19—3rd Place Team and Honorable Mentions
Audrey Bennett, Jayne Oentoro, and Chloe Zhao—1st Place Team and Honorable Mentions
Barbara Avalos Garcia '17 and Valeria Gonzalez Villarreal '17—Honorable Mentions
The competition was held at Hartnell College in Salinas and included public and private high schools in Monterey County.
California Math League
On May 15, Math Department Chair Ned Stork honored students who had participated in California Math League contests throughout the year. Fifty-two students took part in at least one contest, while 15 participated in all six.
For the third year in a row, Sein Lee '18 received the Balles Award, given to students who compete in all six contests and score an average of four out of six correct answers. She was joined this year by Iris Kang '18 and Chloe Zhao '17. The Balles Award comes with a $500 check.
Iris, Sein, and Chloe also earned Top in Class honors along with Rosemary Lee '20 and Annie Luo '19.
California Math League contests require a creative mixture of intuition, acquired mathematical knowledge, logic, and common sense to generate answers to six challenging problems in just 30 minutes.