May 6, 2020
Students excel in PA Math League
Upper St. Clair students in grade six through 12 earned high honors in the recent Pennsylvania Math League contest.
Sixth graders finished first in the eight-county region and second overall among 73 schools from throughout Pennsylvania. Individually, sixth grader Luke An achieved the highest score in the eight-county region and the second highest score in Pennsylvania. Also scoring among the top 34 in Pennsylvania were Arth Italiya, Will Whitman, Sara Gillespie and Zahra Hossain.
Fort Couch Middle School students also earned high honors with seventh graders finishing first in the eight-county region and fifth among 57 schools in Pennsylvania. Jamie Barrett, Eitan Schwartz and Yuhong Shi finished among the top 32 students in the commonwealth.
Fort Couch Middle School eighth graders placed second in the region and fourth among 57 schools in Pennsylvania. Libby Eannarino, Leona Chen, Arjun Suresh and Brian McFerran were among the 33 top-scoring eighth graders in Pennsylvania.
Middle school students were given 30 minutes to solve 35 questions – ranging from simple and straightforward to complex math problems. The school’s team score – comprised of the school’s top five scores – is reported to the PML.
At the high school level, PML consists of six contests each year, administered once a month (October through March) with six questions per contest. Problems draw from a wide range of high school topics, including geometry, algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, series, sequences, exponents, roots, integers, real numbers, combinations, probability, and coordinate geometry. Each six-question contest has a 30-minute time limit. The last two questions on each contest are more difficult than the first four, with the final question being intended to challenge the very best mathematics students.
Upper St. Clair High School was the highest scoring school among the 17 participating high schools in Allegheny County and tied for fourth among the 102 schools in Pennsylvania. Seniors Braden Yates and Katie Hobart were recognized as high scoring students in the commonwealth.
The PML specializes in conducting math contests designed to stimulate student interest and confidence in mathematics.