ABOUT US

Number Tournament is an initiative of Math Is Cool , a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The goal of the latter is to promote the love of learning math and to provide resources in math education.

The Executive Committee of the Number Tournament consists of a group of passionate high school mathletes who have studied math intensively together, participated in countless fierce competitions together and now have strong desires to share their joy in math with the younger math learners.

meet the

Executive Committee

CLAIRE LI

Claire is a senior at Arcadia High School. She enjoys math and working with kids. Claire (and Joshua) were among Arcadia’s crew of 11 who placed in the top 20 of the Southern California Chemistry Olympiad, and currently, Claire is a member of a few different organizations including the ASC Tutoring. Through the Number Tournament, Claire hopes to inspire kids to see math as a fun way of thinking rather than a dreaded subject. She wants the Number Tournament to be a fun and inviting experience that motivates kids to sharpen their math skills.

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Joshua Sujo

Joshua is a senior at Arcadia High School. He enjoys using creativity to solve different math problems. Joshua is one of the co-presidents of the Arcadia High Math Team and competed in the AMC the past three years and qualified for the AIME in 10th and 11th grade. Because of his passion for math, he created rekenreks (simple abacuses) for his elementary school as his Boy Scout Eagle Project. Through the number tournament, he wants to spread excitement and develop creativity for math.

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Ian is a senior at Arcadia High School. He is in the math team and has qualified for AIME. He is president of Peer Tutoring and enjoys tutoring others. He enjoys studying math and chemistry. He hopes to help students learn and have fun at the Number Tournament.

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Angel Yu is a sophomore at Troy High School. She has been learning competitive math since elementary school. She has participated in many math competitions including the AMC8, AMC10, Math Kangaroo, and Noetic and has been on her school's MATHCOUNTS team. She also participated in the Number Tournament for 2 years, placing in the top 3 every time. Math has been something she's enjoyed, whether it be for school or for fun. Angel is also big on STEAM. She enjoys learning about biology, plays the oboe and trumpet, and knows how to program in C++ and Python. In her spare time, Angel enjoys reading, watching anime, and listening to many different genres of music. She also participates in CyberPatriot competitions and is an instructor at Troy High School. Through the Number Tournament, she hopes to teach that math can be fun and enjoyable to do.

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Helena Hu

Helena is a freshman at Marshall Fundamental Secondary School. Math has always been her favorite subject throughout elementary and middle school. Helena has been taking math classes at Math is Cool since 4th grade which has really benefited her into becoming a better person at math. Some competitions she has participated in before were Math Kangaroo, AMC8, Purple Comet, Math Olympiad, Noetic, and the Number Tournament. She also joined her school's Math Field Day competition since 4th grade. Her hobbies are baking, painting, and playing video games. Helena is excited to be a part of the Number Tournament committee and help give new ideas and share the fun of math.

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Chloe is a senior at South Pasadena High school. She enjoys working with people and sometimes likes doing math. She hopes everyone will learn a lot and not be bored by math. She wants this year’s Number Tournament to be lots of fun.

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The Advisor

MS. VIRGINIA WONG
ELAINE KIM
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Elaine is a junior at South Pasadena High School. She participates in various clubs and projects, some as a social media & marketing manager! One of her favorite subjects is math. She hopes to bring many kids to participate in the number tournament, and learn to approach math creatively and innovatively!

Ms Wong has been teaching math problem solving  and training math competition teams since 2007. She met these brilliant students in her classroom many years ago and has witnessed how math has transformed them into stronger problem solvers and math lovers. Ms Wong has administered many international and national math competitions at schools and in the community. She holds a master degree in math education and teaching credential. Currently Ms Wong spends most of her time on promoting math learning for Math Is Cool and teaching problem solving classes in South Bay and  San Gabriel Valley.

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meet the

ALUMNI ExecutiveS

JAIME CHOY
KYLE LA

Kyle is a senior at Arcadia High School and loves math! Although he may not be the best at it, he is genuinely interested in the subject and learning new things about it. He loves math because it can allow people to calculate many things in their daily lives, can be applied to so many different subjects, and allows people to communicate with each other regardless of what language they might speak. Kyle loves his math classes at Arcadia High School, and enjoys doing math puzzles and games outside of school. In his free time, he likes to hang out with his friends, run, and sleep. He hopes that Number Tournament can help others learn to love math as much as he does.

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Merrick is a senior at Arcadia High School, and has been an avid participant in math competition since middle school. He has competed in competitions like the AMC 8, 10, and 12, helped his team to a tie for first place in the Purple Comet competition, and he was a qualifier for the AIME in both the 8th and 9th grades. He hopes to qualify for the USAMO and maybe even the IMO one day, and he hopes to spread his love and enthusiasm for math with other kids. Merrick is a member of a math circle as well as a member of his school's math team, and he was an assistant teacher in Ms. Wong's math classes. He hopes this event can inspire the same love for math in others that competitions did for him.

MERRICK HUA
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Jaime is a graduate of Arcadia High School and is currently attending UC Berkeley. She is pursuing a major in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Education. She has always had a passion for math, having been a member of Math Olympiad in middle school competing with different schools. Now, she is a private tutor for high school students. She enjoys helping others who are struggling learn math and see how useful math can be, not just in school, but in daily life.

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Alicia Ying is a graduate from Arcadia High School and is attending UCLA.  She loves math because there are many different ways to get to one correct answer.  In addition, math not only can be applied to other subjects such as chemistry and physics but also to our everyday life, like money or time. While she enjoys doing math at school, Alicia likes teaching her friends who are struggling in math and helping boost their grade.  She hopes to expand education to all in the future. In her free time, Alicia enjoys using her sewing machine.

ALICIA YING

Kyle is a senior at Arcadia High School and loves math! Although he may not be the best at it, he is genuinely interested in the subject and learning new things about it. He loves math because it can allow people to calculate many things in their daily lives, can be applied to so many different subjects, and allows people to communicate with each other regardless of what language they might speak. Kyle loves his math classes at Arcadia High School, and enjoys doing math puzzles and games outside of school. In his free time, he likes to hang out with his friends, run, and sleep. He hopes that Number Tournament can help others learn to love math as much as he does.

MARK LAU

Mark Lau was involved in the planning of the first few Number Tournaments. His love for competition math and fun spirit inspired him to create a unique event that engaged young mathematicians and fostered a positive learning atmosphere. Ever since his high school days serving as the President and preparing for the annual competitions, Mark has moved on to pursue a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology. This summer, he is working as a software development intern at U.S. Bank. With determination and excitement, he can’t wait to continue growing and learning as a problem-solving engineer. To this day, he still finds ways to incorporate mathematics in the many different facets of his college life. He is grateful to have had the opportunity to share his passion for math with all the students he has come across.

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ANYA YANG

Anya is currently a junior at Arcadia High School! Although math isn’t her best subject, she still enjoys working with kids and fostering a sense of love for education nonetheless. She’s also an editor for the AHS newspaper and loves to read, write, and bike in her free time. This is Anya’s third year volunteering for the Number Tournament, but she’s excited to be an executive board member and to see how fun of an event can be hosted online!

JOSIAH KIOK

Josiah was a founding member of Number Tournament, and has balanced and designed many of the games in the past years. He is currently pursuing a degree in computer science (University of Texas at Dallas). He still has a strong passion for math and is taking plenty of college mathematics courses alongside CS, though he also frequently fiddles around with game design and machine learning on the side.

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Kyrene Tam graduated from Arcadia High School and will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall. Although math is not her strongest suit, she likes to express her creativity through designing. When working on the Number Tournament Executive Team, Kyrene helped redesign the website and plan the 2020 Number Tournament.

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