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Paul VI Math Students Place First in Statewide Competition

The two Calculus teams from Paul VI are presented with $200 for their achievement in the 6th annual Calculus tournament at Mary Washington.

The two Calculus teams from Paul VI are presented with $200 for their achievement in the 6th annual Calculus tournament at Mary Washington.

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M. Christina Collier with PVI's Senior Math League top scorers Daniel Lee, Min Suk Kim, and Lina Hong. Paul VI recently finished first in the statewide competition sponsored by the Virginia Mathematics League.

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Paul VI Calculus teams. Pictured (First Row): Eun Chang Park, Ling Hong; (Second Row): Charles Conran, Timmy Hartzell, Tim Higgins, Ryan Lee. (Not pictured: Veronica Mercado.)

Paul VI’s Senior Math League placed first in the state in a contest run by the Virginia Mathematics League, placing above local schools including Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, Marshall, McLean, West Springfield, Woodson, Fairfax, George Mason, Oakcrest, and Bishop O’Connell.

Senior Math League participants are advanced high school students taking Honors Pre-calculus, Calculus or AP Statistics. Students take a series of six thirty-minute tests made up of six questions each.

“We have had between thirty and forty-five students show up for each of the tests and our final result reflects not only our consistent top scorers, but the depth of talent we have here at PVI,” shared Mrs. M. Christina Collier, Senior Math League moderator and Math teacher.

Paul VI and the three top scorers Daniel Lee, Min Suk Kim, and Lina Hong will receive a plaque.

In a separate competition, the PVI Calculus team “Positive Infinity” placed second in the 6th Annual High School Calculus Tournament held at the University of Mary Washington on Saturday, March 31. Team members Chuck Conran, Yijung Hong, and Eun Chang Park each received a $50 prize for their performance in the day-long competition.

Paul VI also scored well in the Individual Challenge Competition with Chuck Conran taking 1st place, Tim Hartzell taking 2nd place, and Yijung Hong placing 3rd. The second calculus team from Paul VI, “The Chain (Rule) Gang” also performed very well, advancing to the semi-final round. Team members included Tim Hartzell, Tim Higgins, Ryan Lee, and Veronica Mercado. Paul VI was presented a $200 check for the team’s achievement at the tournament.