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Math Team Dominates at State Competition


The Brandon Hall School Math Team swept the field at the 43rd Annual Georgia High School Math Competition, held on Friday, February 17 at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia. The eight-member team won first place in the team competition, and Brandon Hall students took all three of the top spots among the individual GISA-AA scores. Brandon Hall has received first place at the GISA-AA level at this event every year since 2012, making this the sixth-consecutive win for the school.
This was the highest team score received in Brandon Hall history, with special recognition going to the strong ciphering teams this year. ‘This is a group that is strongest together and work well as a team,” said faculty adviser and mathematics department chair Mrs. Colleen Martenson. Junior Lan Lin, team captain, also spoke on the importance of the team working together in the competition. “It’s about the participation, and teamwork is the key to success!”
For the individual scores competition, Brandon Hall earned the top three spots in the GISA-AA classification. Lan Lin took the first place spot, followed by Jason Zhang in second and Ruiyang Zhao in third.
The Brandon Hall School Math Team is comprised of sophomores Tina Zhan and Ruiyang Zhao, juniors Ella Lee, Lan Lin (team captain), Tracy Mao, and Amy Sheng, seniors Parker Liu and Jason Zhang, and faculty adviser Colleen Martenson.
The competition is the oldest continuous math tournament in the state of Georgia. Schools in GISA (Georgia Independent Schools Association) classifications and GHSA (Georgia High School Association) classifications participated in written and ciphering problem-solving portions. The tournament recognizes both team and individual achievement.
Going forward, the team looks forward to competing at the Georgia Tech High School Mathematics Competition on April 15, which brings in the top high school math teams from around the southeastern United States.