Mathletes Add Up Lauds
Twelve Lower School mathletes competed in the Memphis Chapter MathCounts Competition in February under the instruction of Mr. Darin Clifft and Ms. Heather Davis, and three placed in the top 10.
Eighth graders Albert Ding, Henry Phan, Addy Ramakrishnan, Ari Thiyagarajaa, Sohum Valaulikar, Carter Wildrick, Lucas Zhang, and Andrew Zhou and seventh graders Abdullah Khawaja, Ryo Kimura, Becket Liles, and Hudson Mattern represented Memphis University School.
Out of the 94 competitors, Zhang placed fifth, Ding placed seventh, Zhou placed ninth, Kimura placed 11th, and Wildrick placed 12th. Zhang, Ding, and Zhou qualified for the state tournament held at the end of March in Nashville.
Additionally, 14 Lower School students competed for the first time in the virtual Tennessee Perennial Math Competition in March. MUS entered three teams:
- Team 6642: Eighth graders Ding, Wildrick, Zhang, and Zhou, and seventh grader Kimura.
- Team 6643: Eighth graders Phan, Ramakrishnan, Thiyagarajaa, Luke Tjiong, and Valaulikar.
- Team 6644: Seventh graders Carson Alexander, Joshua Dong, Mattern, and Khawaja.
Team 6642 finished first in the eighth-grade division, and Team 6644 finished third in the seventh-grade division despite being a man short and having the score averaged out of five instead of four.
The competition also listed individual winners. In the eighth grade, Ding placed first, Zhou and Tjiong tied for second, and Zhang and Phan tied for third. In the seventh grade, Kimura tied for second and Khawaja tied for third.