The six-member CNMI Team gave a good account of itself at this year’s national competition for Mathcourt after the group won five awards at the recently concluded Mathleague.org national high school mathematics competition.
The CNMI students competed in the national contest in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 18. The event brought together 133 students from 25 different schools that competed in four hours of tough math problems.
Back in December, Won Woo Choi, Kay Ha, Hyun Bin Hwang, Harim Kim, Jun Seo Park, and Ha Young Seo competed in the local CNMI Mathcourt state competition and bested their peers. As the top performers in the local competition, these six students earned their slots to be on Team CNMI. Since December, they have met weekly to practice and prepare for the national competition under coaches Jimie Horath, Dora Miura, and Emanuel Borja.
Choi, Kim, and Seo come from Marianas Baptist Academy, while Ha, Hwang, and Park represent Saipan Southern High School.At the May 18 national competition, their hard work paid off as Team CNMI was able to garner five awards, besting many of the top math students across the U.S.
In the middle school category, Ha Young Seo earned eighth place. In the 10th-grade category, Harim Kim earned 4th place. In the 11th-grade category, Jun Seo Park earned eighth place, and Won Woo Choi earned third place. In the 12th-grade category, Kay Ha earned 10th place.
Head coach Emanuel Borja accompanied the students on the trip to Kansas City.
“It is uncommon to see a single school garner so many trophies. In this respect, Team CNMI performed exceptionally well and showed the rest of America what our students are capable of,” according to Borja.
He said in continuing to show CNMI excellence in mathematics, four elementary school students will also venture to Houston, Texas, on June 6. These students, along with their chaperones, will compete in the first-ever Mathleague.org national elementary school mathematics competition.