By Kelli Gile
WALNUT-More than fifty students from Suzanne Middle School were among nearly 150,000 competitors in the 2016-2017 Math Olympiad.
Math Olympiad enables students to challenge themselves and compete against other students nationwide during five monthly contests.
Suzanne Middle School earned a Mathematical Olympiads Meritorious Award for their outstanding achievement in grades six and seven.
The top overall school winner was for seventh grader Joshua Hsu who came in first place and scored in the top 2% of the nation. He was awarded a trophy and gold pin.
Serena Huang took second place scoring in the top 10% nationally and earned a sliver pin. Tied for third place were Daniel Ji and Deven Tseng scoring in the top 10% nationally and earning sliver pins.
In addition, several more seventh and eighth grade students received recognition for their high scores. Allison Lin, Maxwell Chang, Benjamin Jin, and Jenny Shen scored in the top 20% nationally and received silver pins.
Satvik Muddana, Kawin Watkins, Kayla Hao and Kevin Yu scored in the top 25% nationally earning patches.
Ella Lin, Lewis Lui, Andrew Shi and Bryan Wang scored in the top 30% nationally. Alice Chou, Brian Lee, Renee Chang, Lina Huang and Kevin Zeng scored in the top 40% nationally. And Wendy Fei scored in the top 50% of the nation.
The top winners, from grade six, tying for first place grade were Chandrark Muddana, Katherine Viala and Eric Wang all scoring in the top 10% nationally and earning silver pins.
The second-place winner was Max Eibert also scoring in the top 10% nationally and earning a silver pin. And, in third place were Jayaraman Donath and Andrew Wang both scoring in the top 25% nationally and earning recognition patches.
In addition, several more sixth grade students received recognition for their high scores. David Hu, Sophia Parungao and Jason Wang scored in the top 40% nationally. Jorich Quimbo and Andrew Yick scored in the top 50% nationally.
Congratulations to Suzanne students and coach Amy Erickson!