Li (11) and Caosun (11) place at Princeton math competition


A SINE OF A GOOD TEAM: Math Team pose with trophies after PUMaC.

Victor Dimitrov

On November 18, the school’s Mathematics team visited Princeton to compete in the Princeton University Mathematics Competition (PUMaC).
The team ranked in Division B out of Divisions A and B, and member Matthew Li (11) won third place in combinatorics, third place in number theory, and second place overall while Andrew Caosun (11) won eighth in both combinatorics and number theory.
According to Michael Caosun (12), the competition included geometry, number theory, combinatorics, and algebra sections, and each person chose two sections that they were to be tested on.
PUMaC was Dora Woodruff’s (10) first away conference, so she gained significance experience, Woodruff said.
She enjoyed spending time with other students who enjoy math as much as she does, Woodruff said.
Andrew’ awards for combinatorics and number theory caught him completely by surprise, Andrew said. “I was happy that I actually did well, but the experience itself was much more satisfying than the awards,” he said.
The team prepared for this competition by doing many practice problems and developing a solid understanding of what to expect in different sections of this competition, Woodruff said.