Mathletes take on national competition
The General Brown Junior-Senior High School Mathletes competed in their first match of the season this week against Sage Hill High School in Newport Coast, CA.
Jolie Rose, high school math teacher and Mathletes advisor, said the team of 20 students is comprised of students in 10th through 12th grade who are in Algebra II, Calculus and Pre-Calculus. The General Brown team will go head to head in the online math competition with other high school teams across the country weekly through December for a total of eight rounds.
During the weekly 30-minute competitions, each “mathlete” answers eight questions. The top five scores from each team are pitted against each other to determine the overall winner.
The five top-scoring General Brown students this week were Jonah Dunn, Jacob King, Ashley Ward, Gabe Malcolm, and Jaden Cheung. The top five from each week will be announced during the school announcements each week.
Rose said while the students are competing against teams across the country, it’s also fun to compete against each other to see who gets in the top five each week.
“To be a good Mathlete, you have to really like math, be able to think outside the box, and be able to persevere through difficult questions,” she said.