Harker recently placed among the top 25 schools nationwide in two math contests, according to National Assessment & Testing. Coached by math teacher Anuradha Aiyer, Harker took third place in the 2015 Ciphering Time Trials and 19th overall in the 2016 Four-by-Four Competition. In the Ciphering Time Trials, individual students solve three problems in a series of rounds. In the Four-by-Four Competition, teams of four go through rounds of four problems each, with more difficult problems each successive round.
Stand-out individual performances in the Ciphering Time Trials included Richard Yi’s first place performance in the grade 12 division, in which Allison Wang and Lawrence Li placed fifth and seventh, respectively. Swapnil Garg placed first in the grade 10 division, in which Joanna Lin placed ninth and Jimmy Lin placed 15th. In the grade 11 division, Kai-Siang Ang took 16th.
Garg and Yi competed as a two-person team in the Four-by-Four event, in which they took second place in the middle division. The team of Ang, Wang, Peter Wu, grade 11, and Joanna Lin, grade 10, placed fourth.