San Marcos Dominates All Schools At Westmont College Math Contest


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Westmont Math Contest 2On February 9, two small teams of San Marcos students competed against 10 other high schools and hundreds of other students in the 27th annual Westmont College Math Contest, taking the first wins the school has had in a decade.

The competition was modeled after a College Bowl style event, with both written exams and fast paced, team-against-team buzzer tests. Santa Barbara mayor Helene Schneider spoke at the awards banquet when the trials were done.

Representing the upperclassmen were Yiren Wang, Matt Turk, Peter Greig, and Travis Brashears. The team went undefeated, going 5 rounds without a loss to win the “College Bowl” event, as well as first place overall against all other competing schools.

“We went into the event hoping to do better than in past years and we felt like we had studied quite a bit and practiced,” said Mr. Egbert, a “And indeed, practice paid off and 11-12 graders won one event and after the final event we found out we had scored enough points to win the overall 11-12 grade price in about 10 years. That was a nice win.”

The underclassmen team featured Alex Bakai, Megan McQueen, Andy Mandrell, and Phillip Naumann, and they went 3-1 in their competition.

Finally, senior Allie Torchia gave a short talk on the mathematics of the infamous Rubik’s Cube in the speech competition.

Congratulations to everyone on the San Marcos team for their exciting win!


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