With attention focused on the Super Bowl this Sunday, area high school mathematics students look forward to the real competition the following weekend. A record 12 California high schools will compete in the 31st annual High School Mathematics Contest at Westmont on Saturday, Feb. 9. The competition begins at 1 p.m. with the College Bowl Prelims, Chalk Talk Prelims, and Team Exam. The Chalk Talk Final and College Bowl Finals for grades 9-10 and grades 11-12 are from 4-5:15 p.m. at the Darling Foundation Lecture Hall in Winter Hall, room 210. An awards banquet features KEYT-TV meteorologist Alan Rose, who will discuss computer models in weather forecasting, begins at 5:30 p.m. in Founders Room near the Dining Commons.
“Many of the challenges facing our global community will require solutions from people with mathematical talent,” says Russ Howell, Westmont professor of mathematics and event organizer. “It’s vital that, whenever possible, those who are exploring the mathematical enterprise get encouragement to continue.”
This year’s competing schools include Cate, Crescenta Valley, Dos Pueblos, La Cañada, Mark Keppel, Oaks Christian, Pacific Bay Christian, Providence, San Marcos, Santa Barbara, Synergy Quantum Academy and Thacher.
A contest itinerary, map, sample questions and photos from past events can be found at westmont.edu/mathcontest.