The 21st annual Diana Nichols Harker Math Invitational for grades 6-8, held in March at the upper school campus, was a highly successful event with 15 schools and 270 contestants taking part in the individual and team contests. There were 51 competing and nine non-competing teams for the team contest.
Harker students had several top individual and team placings. In individual competition, Andrew Shi took second place in the grade 6 category, while classmates Vihaan Gupta and Jeffrey Wang took fourth and fifth, respectively. In the grade 7 category, Haofang Zhu placed first while Daniel Zhu finished in third place. Caden Ruan and James Lin placed second and fifth, respectively, in the grade 8 category.
In the team competitions, Harker’s grade 6 team of Manalee Chowdhury, Vihaan Gupta, Aarav Mann, Andrew Shi and Haofang Zhu placed second. The team of Aanya Aggarwal, Nathan Yee, Ava Zarkesh, Ellie Zhou and Haofang Zhu placed second in the grade 7 team event and in the grade 8 event, the team of Jaden Fu, Anika Rajaram, Brenna Ren, Caden Ruan and Terry Xie placed second.
Noah Song from Peterson Middle School was the winner of this year’s estimation contest, guessing 150 meters for the length of the Pi chain hung around the auxiliary gymnasium. This was the closest to the actual length of 147.2 meters.