The post below is adapted from the press release “A Nation Celebrates Students in Mathematics at MathCON” shared today by the host organization:
The 10th Annual MathCON 2018 Finals took place on Saturday, May 5, at the UIC Forum in Chicago, where more than 1,500 attendees gathered – including our future mathematicians, entrepreneurs, and leaders of tomorrow – to celebrate math and scholarship. Students, parents, and coaches spent the day hearing from guest speakers, battling in a race to solve a Rubik's cube, and honoring the accomplished students.
The 528 attending finalists took the final written exam, working to answer 45 questions in 90 minutes. The MathCON finalists comprise the top one percent of the 52,000 students who participated in the online competition. It is a high honor, then, to be part of the 95 students who were awarded Bronze, Silver, Gold, and National Champion at the finals; these 95 students make up the top 0.2 percent of competitors in the nation.
4th-grader William Beesley ’19 was awarded an Honorable Mention at MathCON at the 5th-grade level. William was slightly disadvantaged in the beginning of the online test, stating that his dad started the timer for his test while he was outside playing basketball so he didn’t miss the deadline to compete in MathCON. With the loss of time, Beesley was still able to finish the entire test in just 30 minutes, securing himself a seat at MathCON Finals. Head of School Scott Erickson said to the MathCON organizers, “You're very fortunate to have met William, who is an absolutely terrific and wonderful student. When I talked with him yesterday, he was delightfully shy about his trip to Chicago and how impressive he is! We are all very proud of him.” Beesley was also the second-highest scoring student taking the 5th-grade level test from California.
Here's a video of an interview with William and his father Michael at MathCON last month:
MathCON is a nonprofit national mathematics organization that integrates its annual competition series with educational resources and opportunities for students and educators, developed to enhance mathematics education. MathCON hosts an annual student mathematics competition for students in grades 5-12 every spring, and has had more than 200,000 student participants since 2008. Students from charter, public and private schools as well as individual students are eligible to compete in MathCON. Their vision is to build a collaborative mathematics community for students and educators in order to support, advocate and influence STEM education in the U.S. to pave the way for the 21st century generation of problem-solvers.