Coping with an unpredictable illness, Joei has learned to appreciate the lessons life has to offer.
Following a state championship win in May, eight members of Pingry's Math League—four Grade 4 students and four Grade 6 students—participated in the Math League National Championships at Texas A&M University in Houston on June 24. The two teams competed against more than 300 students from across the country, all of whom had to place in the top 10 in their respective state competitions.
Stunning even their Math League adviser, Verna Lange P '23, '24, the fourth-grade team of Elbert Ho '25, Alex Wong '25, Alexander Recce '25, and Eddy Chen '25 took first in their grade-level competition, and the sixth-grade team of Leo Xu '23, Maximus Liu '23, Evan Wen '23, and John Paul Salvatore '23 placed second overall behind a very strong team from California. In the individual contest, Elbert placed fifth overall at the fourth-grade level and Leo took third at the six-grade level; Maximus came in twelfth at the six-grade level.
"I couldn't be more impressed by these hardworking students!" exclaimed Mrs. Lange, who also serves as the Lower School's math specialist.
Congratulations, Math League members!
Photos (top to bottom): Fourth-grade team members Alexander Recce '25, Elbert Ho '25, Eddy Chen '25, and Alex Wong '25 celebrate their first-place finish. Sixth-grade team members Max Liu '23, Leo Xu '23, Evan Wen '23, and John Paul Salvatore '23 receive their trophy from Texas A&M alumnus and former astronaut Colonel Michael Fossum, who spoke about his experience as an astronaut at the event.
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