Kamiak places 17th in National Math Contest
Last updated 11/14/2018 at Noon
Kamiak High School has some of the best high-school mathematicians in the country, as demonstrated by their 17th-place finish in the 2018 Fall Startup Event, a national mathematics contest administered by National Assessment & Testing (http://www.natassessment.com). Coaches Rebekah Baldridge and Christine O'Connell, both math teachers at Kamak, prepared students for the first major competition of the academic year, in which students worked furiously for thirty minutes, racing to answer one hundred problems in a variety of mathematical topics.
The Fall Startup Event is an individual competition, in which each student tries to solve as many fast and easy problems as they can within the time limit.
Topics range from arithmetic to calculus, including topics that are not covered in the standard high school curriculum.
According to Tom Clymer, the director of the competition, “It’s a lot like a musician practicing scales; these common operations and problems can become second-nature and nearly instantaneous.”
With so many questions and so little time, competitors must not only have strong mathematical skills, but also be able to quickly decide which problems to solve and which to skip.
After results from students across the nation were processed, Inyoung Seo placed 18th in the 10th grade division, helping Kamiak place 17th in the nation. Additionally, Seo was the highest-scoring 10th grader in the greater Seattle area.
Kamiak will be participating in all four of National Assessment & Testing’s contests this year.