Six students emerged the big winners in the Public School System's Mathcourt regional competition for high school during the rigorous rounds Saturday at Kagman High School.
The six winners, comprised of three students from Marianas Baptist Academy and three students from Saipan Southern High School, are the official members of the CNMI team which will advance to Mathleague.org national contest in Kansas City, Missouri on May 17 this year.
Regional Mathcourt winners included gold medalist Won Woo Choi, silver medalist Ji Hoon Choi, both are students of MBA. Hailed bronze medal winner is Hyun Bin Hwang, fourth placer Jun Seo Park, and fifth placer Hye Young Oh who are all from SSHS. Named sixth place winner and included in Team CNMI is MBA's Kanata Omori.
Named alternates to the team are Beibei Chen of Agape Christian School; Dong Hee Im of Grace Christian Academy; Jae Min Youm of GCA; John Robert Tam of MBA; Liu Renrong of GCA; and Won Jun Kim of MBA.
According to Mathcourt high school division coordinator Dora Miura contenders in the regional contest have gone through the following categories: team round, sprint, target, and relay round.
For the school team, MBA's Team Wow! garnered the gold medal, while SSHS' Team HAH was named recipient of the silver awards.
Miura said that there were 36 students who competed in the regional Mathcourt competition of which 33 were from high school and three medalists from the middle school regionals.
The CNMI Mathcourt competition is a series of meets that occur throughout the school year. At each meet, several tests are offered to measure the mathematical achievement of students at every grade level and award those students showing the highest levels of mastery at each level. The competition began in 2005 in order to promote mathematics in the CNMI. The elementary and middle school competitions were centered on the CNMI PSS mathematics benchmarks. In the high school division, the focus had been on mental Math and topics taken from several textbooks. Since then, the competition has gone through several changes in terms of the focus and style of the questions.