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SHSID Students Win Huge at 2017 Berkeley Mini Math Tournament

February, 2018
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shsid-berkerly-mini-math-tournamentDuring the Christmas holiday, fifteen Grade 7 & 8 students from Shanghai High School International Division (SHSID), all math experts, traveled to Beijing for an inter-school math competition.

The competition, named the Berkeley Mini Math Tournament (BmMT), was organized by the Mathematics Department of Berkeley University for Middle School students in the US and China.

This year was the 5th Berkeley Mini Math Tournament ever, and the first time SHSID students were invited to participate. The four-hour tournament consisted of four different sets of individual and group challenges, including an individual round, a group round, a speed round, and finally a puzzle round. SHSID students, divided into three groups, went to face off again 200+ students in 50+ groups from 20+ elite schools all over China, and they performed very well.

As the result came out, the SHSID students won many prizes in the tournament. For the group rounds, the SHSID student group of Andy Van Horssen, Victor Kang, and Yusuke Atsuta from 8th Grade, as well as Eric He and Lucas Wu from 7th Grade won 4th place in terms of overall performance out of the total 50+ student groups. What’s more, the same team also won 3rd place in the group round, another 3rd place in the speed round, and a 5th place in the puzzle round. For the individual round, Victor Kang from 8th Grade and Jonathan Zou from 7th Grade tied at 13/20 points, placing them 32nd out of more than 200 students. 

The contests were only part of the happenings during the tournament day. After the contests, SHSID students had a chance to hear two inspiring speeches– one from Dr. Po-Shen Loh, former coach of the US National Olympic math team, and the other from Mr. Moor Xu, a current math PhD student from Berkeley University and the Chairman of the Organization Committee for this tournament.

As Xu said, the math tournament is more like a competition with oneself rather than a competition against other students. Other than scoring high in the competition, what’s equally important is making new friends with peer students from other schools, because these new friends might become one’s best and life-long friends. Moreover, Xu urged the students to share the contest questions with schoolmates so that more students would get a chance to enjoy the challenges of these math problems. 

Overall, the Berkeley Mini Math Tournament was a terrific experience for the Christmas holiday this year. All the fifteen SHSID students enjoyed the mental thrill of difficult math questions throughout the contest, enhanced their bonds through struggle, and made new friends who share the same passion towards math. 


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