Math wizards shine at UFV compeition

The Abbotsford campus hosted almost 150 students from 26 schools at the annual Secondary Schools Math Contest.

The region’s best and brightest young mathematical minds set to work at the University of the Fraser Valley’s annual B.C. Secondary Schools Math Contest recently.

More than $14,000 in scholarship money was up for grabs, with 146 students representing 26 schools – an increase over last year’s 108 students from 19 schools.

When the eraser dust settled, Yale Secondary students Geon (Liam) Kim and Sungil Ahn earned the highest marks in the junior and senior categories, respectively.

Ahn scored an impressive 94 on the test, including a perfect score on the multiple choice and 44 out of 50 in the long answer section.

Second-place senior Ji Sup Kim (Yale Secondary) scored 67, followed by Jeffrey Lin (Abbotsford Christian) with 56.

For their efforts, Ahn earned $2,400 in UFV scholarship money, Kim $2,000, and Lin $1,600.

In the junior division, Geon (Liam) Kim scored 82, to squeak past St. John Brebeuf’s Ayden An with 81 and MEI’s Mark Chen with 73.

The average score in this year’s contest was 34.8 for juniors and 27.03 for seniors.

For the second consecutive year, the four-person Bantam (Grade 8 and under) team competition was won by Clayburn Middle school’s Zachary Funk, Mitchell Dombrowski, Jacob Child, and Harry Ryu, who scored 40 out of 50 on the multiple choice questions, and three out of 50 on the long answer section for a total of 43.

Once again organized by UFV’s Mathematics and Statistics department, the contest also featured team puzzle solving and pizza social sessions. (See the photo gallery here:



Sungil Ahn, Yale Secondary, $2,400

Ji Sup Kim, Yale Secondary, $2,000

Jeffrey Lin, Abbotsford Christian, $1,600

Sihaoyu Gao, W.J. Mouat, $1,200

Aiden Gibbons, Rick Hansen, $1,000

Ji Ho Park, W.J. Mouat, $800

Spencer Spenst, W.J. Mouat, $600


Geon (Liam) Kim, Yale Secondary, $1,200

Ayden An, St. John Brebeuf, $1,000

Mark Chen, Mennonite Educational Institute, $800

Cavizshajan Skanthan, Eugene Reimer, $600

Irene Lee, Abbotsford Senior, $500

Nicole Lee, W.J. Mouat, $400

Esther Cho, Heritage Park, $300






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