Four math students from St. Johnsbury Academy were invited to attend MathCON 2019 Finals Day on April 27, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to the four finalists, several other students were named alternates. Front row, left to right: Liang Zhao '20, Leili Young-Xu '19, Jiang Wu '19, Emma Keenan '21. Back row, left to right: Mate Koszo '21, Yufan Hu '21, Hanzhang Yu '19, and Diasuke Yamada '19. Missing from photo: Qingyue Li '22.
Four math students from St. Johnsbury Academy were invited to attend MathCON 2019 Finals Day on April 27, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. They are sophomore Emma Keenan of Peacham, Vermont, junior Liang Zhao of China, senior Hanzhang Yu of China, and senior Daisuke Yamada of Japan. Out of 43,000 students who participated in the competition, only 500 were invited to the final round in Chicago. In addition to the four finalists, several other students were named alternates: Qingyue Li '22 of China, Mate Koszo '21 of Hungary, Yufan Hu '21 of China, Jianing Wu '19 of China, and Leili Young-Xu '19 of North Haverhill, New Hampshire.
According to the MathCON website, "MathCON is a national competition that gives students across the nation the opportunity to compete against other students to enhance their mathematics interest and education as well as earn scholarship opportunities. MathCON has support and participation from academic scholars across the nation including Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin and prestigious universities in the Northeast, giving students exposure to a diverse mathematics competition and future opportunities within the universities."
Sharon Fadden, Chair of the SJA mathematics department, said, "I am extremely proud of these students. Each enthusiastically participates in our Math Club weekly competitions. All have taken advantage of our extensive math course offerings and opportunities to develop their problem solving skills.
Tom Lovett, Academy Headmaster, said, "Anytime you end up in the top 1% of people in your field of interest, it is an impressive accomplishment. In this case, it is even more impressive in that the 43,000 students who competed are those among the very best math students in their respective schools. I am also impressed by the diversity of our finalists. Kudos to the math department for fostering a math culture that celebrates excellence and fosters a love of math outside of the classroom!"