Nov. 10, 2017
USC sweeps team and individual math competition
Upper St. Clair High School students swept the first and second place team and individual finishes in the 11th/12th grade category of the recent CalcuSolve, a competition that tests students' problem-solving skills related to mathematics.
The team of seniors Sahil Doshi, Spencer Miller and Abbie Wagner along with sophomore Braden Yates, won first place, and the team of seniors Steven Cheung, Ariana Chiu and Kriti Shah as well as junior Sam Ding placed second. In individual competition, Sam Ding and Sahil Doshi tied for second place, while Braden Yates placed first.
“We had a team member on our 11/12 team drop out at the last minute,” Connie Gibson, gifted coordinator for grades 7-12, said. “Braden stepped up to cover the spot — then he ended up coming in first place!”
At the 9th/10th grade competition, two Upper St. Clair teams tied for second place – the team of sophomores Jason Choi and Katie Hobart as well as freshmen Harrison Chui and Kathy Li, and the team of sophomores Aleksa Rodic and Braden Yates and freshmen Christian Chiu and Reshma Gudla. In individual competition, Braden Yates finished second and Harrison Chui placed third.
The CalcuSolve events, sponsored by the II-VI Foundation and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, were on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 at Duquesne University. Schools from throughout Allegheny County participated in the math competition.
Team coaches/facilitators Ms. Gibson and Pat Palazzolo accompanied students as they represented Upper St. Clair.
“Our teams each challenged themselves with seven individual and two team problems during the CalcuSolve competitions,” Ms. Gibson said. “We are particularly proud to have USC teams and individuals place in both competitions.”
Additional 9th/10th grade team members include freshmen Sadhana Boddhula, Reshma Gudla, Ishaan Shah, Sophia Shi and Henry Zou; and sophomores Claire Chen, Jack Clark, Eri Hayakawa and Ben Nelson. Also competing at the 11th/12th grade level were juniors Brooke Christiansen and Serena Luo as well as seniors Matt Higgs and James Khor.