Spring Valley High School students take first place at math competition
Spring Valley High School's Math Team earned first place among all Division I high schools in the 27th University of South Carolina (USC) High School Math Contest held Jan. 26. After consistently claiming second or third place at the competition in recent years, it was even more rewarding to finally achieve a first place victory.
The contest was composed of a one and half hour-long exam and a one and half hour-long ciphering round. Team members David Qu (team captain), Richard Chen, Gregory Rassolov and Jenning Chen, an eighth grade Dent Middle School student, earned four of the top 16 written exam scores and received Garnet and Black medallions. Richard Chen ranked third over-all and earned a $100 check, plaque and a $2,000 scholarship to USC's College of Science. The entire team was recognized during the awards ceremony and honored by the Dean of the College of Science.
The 12-member team trained and studied for 18 weeks in preparation for the competition. The team members are: David Qu, Gregory Rassolov, Richard Chen, Miheer Bavare, Sarah Lee, Jenning Chen, Courtney Noh, Grace Smith, Surabhi Poola, Guillermo Pineda, Andrew White and Mohommad Arammash.
In 2012, math team Coach Matt Owens won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.
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