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Middle School Mathletes Dominate at Regionals

NEWS                                                                                   Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  880 S. Lemon Avenue
March 6, 2014                                                                       Walnut, CA 91789

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Walnut Valley Middle School Mathletes Dominate at Regionals
Students Qualify for State Contest

WALNUT, CA--Walnut Valley Unified School District’s three middle schools, Suzanne, Chaparral, and South Pointe, again took three of the top four places at the East San Gabriel Valley Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition held February 21 at California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

The Suzanne MATHCOUNTS Team won 1st Place, Chaparral mathletes took 2nd Place honors, and South Pointe brought home the 4th Place award.

Congratulations to the Suzanne MATHCOUNTS team who will advance to the California State Competition. Two Individual competitors will also advance to State are Chaparral 8th grader Matthew Ho who placed 1st overall and South Pointe 8th grader Austin Sun who placed 2nd overall. The California State Competition will be held at University of California, Irvine on March 14.

The top ranked Suzanne MATHCOUNTS Team included 7th graders Ethan Lin and Aaron Chang along with 8th graders Christopher Wong and Matthew Nguyen.  Additional individual eighth grade competitors were Lydia Chan, Eugene Lo, and Kevin Jensen. Derick Tseng, Sheldon Zhu, and Alice Zhang competed from grade seven.  Alternates included Sylvester Yue, Jordin Wang, Felianne Teng and William Lin.

Ethan Lin placed 4th overall and competed in the countdown round. Christopher Wong placed 5th overall and tied for 3rd place in the countdown round. Kevin Jensen placed 12th overall and competed in the countdown round. Aaron Chang placed 13th overall and competed in the countdown round. Lydia Chan placed 15th overall and tied for 3rd place in the countdown round.

“I am enormously proud of the students. They have been working very hard toward this goal for the past several years.  This is only the second time in our school’s 52-year history that we have placed first.  I would also like to commend the Walnut High School Math Club and especially their president, Andy Tsai, for all the volunteer hours spent coaching the Suanne mathletes. This is truly a team win,” said Suzanne math teacher and advisor Amy Erickson.

Congratulations to the entire Chaparral Mathcounts Team who are coached by math teacher Tommy Pak. The Chaparral team placed 2nd overall at the Chapter competition. Matthew Ho placed 1st overall individual will also advance to the state competition. Matthew also won the countdown round, where the top 16 students competed in a tournament. Additionally, Jeffrey Zhou placed 7th, Qinhong Chen placed 9th, and Jasmine Xu placed 10th overall. Additional Chaparral Mathcounts Team members included:  Tiffany Wu, Brian Li, Amy Xia, Brian Chang, Danny Mansour, Justin Zhang and Keshav Sriram.

Congratulations to the South Pointe Mathcounts Team, and advisor math teacher Gary Dresser and coach Dr. Park. The competition team with students Patrick Cai, William Shao, Austin Sun and Timoth Yeh took home a 4th Place finish.

Congratulations to Austin Sun for his 2nd Place overall individual in the chapter competition and will also advance and to the State Finals.  Additional South Pointe individual winners included Timothy Yeh - 8th Place, Wyatt Iles -14th Place and Renny Gong - 16th Place.  

Shown:

The Suzanne Middle School MATHCOUNTS team Aaron Chang, Ethan Lin, Matthew Nguyen and Christopher Wong. 

The Suzanne Middle School 1st Place Team Matthew Nguyen, Aaron Chang, Amy Erickson, Ethan Lin, Christopher Wong with advisor Amy Erickson. 

Suzanne Mathcounts competitors with coach Amy Erickson. 

Chaparral competition team members Jasmine Xu, Jeffrey Zhou, Matthew Ho and Rajvir Dua. 

The South Pointe Middle School MATHCOUNTS team. Competition Team included Patrick Cai, William Shao, Austin Sun and Timothy Yeh. Individual competitors are Irene Chang, Renny Gong, Wyatt Iles, Esther Kang, Brandon Liu, Ryan Lou, Karen Shao and Richard Zhao. 

Chaparral Middle School competitors at the MATHCOUNTS regional competition. 

Walnut High School math club president, Andy Tsai, coaching Suzanne Middle School math team.