Students 'Honored' to Compete in Math Contest

Six Brooks School students who love mathematics, plus one math competition at Yale University, equals ... a fun weekend trip!

Mathematics Teacher Doug Burbank P'11 escorted half a dozen students to compete in the annual contest, Math Majors of America Tournament for High Schools (MMATHS) on April 14 on Yale's campus: Eddie Choi '19, Audrey Chung '20, Brian Delgado '21, Emma Fleishman '21, Anya Sanchorawala '21 and Ethan Yang '19 (The team's alternates were: Tonay Kommareddi '21 and Austin Mermans '21).

"I hope to meet other people while also connecting more with the participants of the Math Team," said Anya Sanchorawala (second from left), prior to the team's trip to Yale.

The team Burbank selected was chosen in part by students' participation in the math team, their AMC score, current math courses and "enthusiasm for participating," he reported.

Choi was named captain of the team, which he entered into the competition with the name, "Eddie's Natural Loggers."

"It feels like a true honor to be participating in this contest," said Anya Sanchorawala '21, before the group departed campus for Yale on Friday evening. "It's an exciting and new experience for me, and I cannot wait!"

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The contest was hosted by the math majors at Yale, and is one of five MMATHS competitions held on the same day. Others include competitions at Columbia University, the University of Florida and the University of Virginia (The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, hosted their version of the competition on April 8).

"The math team was eager to begin competing against 25 to 30 other teams," Burbank reported from Yale as the contest began on Saturday, noting that just six of the crews hailed from New England.

And compete they did, putting their mathematical know-how to the literal test with four rounds of quizzing focused on students' problem-solving ability in algebra, geometry, probability and other areas.

The Brooks School team in action at MMATHS last year.

The "individual" round consisted of a 12-question, 75-minute test, followed by a break; then a "marathon" round requiring the team to work together to solve questions; a 75-minute individual tie-breaker round; and finally a "mixer" round, in which students are randomly assigned to new teams to work with students from other schools to solve a variety of questions.

"The competition inspired me to grow as a math student and a creative thinker," Fleischman said after the contest. "I really enjoyed being able to collaborate on problems as a team and work them out together. It was also really cool to meet people from other schools and work with them as well."

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Ultimately though, the students said it is collaborating with their classmates and teachers at Brooks that inspires them to do their best work.

"I love math at Brooks because it causes me to think creatively and learn to problem solve," explained Fleischman. "It challenges me to think in new ways."

Sanchorawala's take added up to the same idea. "Math at Brooks is full of challenges and real world scenarios," she said. "And that makes everything so much more interesting!"

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