Monday, May 6, 2013

Alex At The Pre-National ARML Competition



Song:  Northern Pastures

Group:  Two Steps From Hell


The Northern Nevada Math Club
had a pre-national ARML competition today.

It was about 4.5 hours long and involved 
multiple individual and team math problems.

This allowed the team to know individual capabilities...
as well as to work out last minute tactics before the national competition
in a few weeks.

I served as the competition's grader and scorer
(No...I cannot keep up with these kids...
I had the answer sheet :)

Another parent served as the time keeper and proctor.

The founder of NNV Math club...
was the overall coordinator and proctor.



Team 1 - 4 High School students...and 3 Middle School students
(Alex and two others).

Many of the students from both teams...
 come from the Davidson Academy.



Team 2 - 6 High School Students...and 2 Middle School students.

Both teams are discussing their team tactics just prior to the competition.




Both teams are awaiting the problem sheets which will signal the start
of the first phase of the competition.



The competitors then went into the main conference room 
for the individual section and the remaining team competitions.


Alex had done very well.

He had tied for 3rd in the individual competition
(4 way tie).

2nd place had beaten him by 1 point...
and he is a high schooler.

1st place had beaten Alex by 2 points...
and he is another middle schooler.

He and Alex always go back and forth in math competitions...
and they had both gotten the same AMC 10 math scores.

Team 2 had won this competition...
even though Alex, and the top 2 individuals, had come from team 1
(Alex's team).

Alex now feels very confident in being able to contribute
to the math club...especially in the future.

As Alex is in the 7th grade...
he can compete for the next 6 years in ARML
(including this one).

He knows that his knowledge will continue to grow...
and that he will be a very strong competitor in a few years.

We had arrived at approximately 4:15 PM...
and we left after 9:15 PM.

This was a busy weekend for Alex.
He took this year's SAT yesterday...
and today...
the pre-national ARML competition.

Alex is excited about going to Las Vegas in a few weeks 
for the national ARML competition
(one of four locations in the US for the simultaneous competition).

We will be spending 3-4 days in Las Vegas.
We are going to see the sights and take in a show while there...
and of course...
eat plenty of delicious and memorable meals :)



As it was almost 9:30 PM before we got on the road...
and most of the restaurants were starting to close (it was Sunday)...
we went to our old 24/7 restaurant of choice...
The Purple Parrot...
in The Atlantis Casino.


Alex got one of his favorite dishes...
grilled Salmon.

As Alex already had his once a week dessert yesterday...
we just had the meal...
and departed.

What a great weekend this has been for Alex.

He learned a lot...
he accomplished a lot...
and he had a great time doing it.

That is...
in my book...
a GREAT weekend.





2 comments:

  1. That's awesome (but not surprising) that Alex is right up with the top performers of the math club, more than holding his own with the kids from Davidson. I'm sure he will do well in the competition, and that you all will have a great time in Las Vegas. I look forward to reading all about it.

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  2. Alex has made a long term commitment to the math club. He enjoys every Sunday there. He always leaves with new found knowledge. He is excited about this competition...and future ones. I shall definitely take many photos of Vegas...and write several articles of our experience there.

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