Monday, February 15, 2016

Alex At The 2016 A Star High School Math Competition


Song:  Play Me

Artist:  Neil Diamond







This photo was taken about one week ago
after the 5th of the series of 6 math Math League contests 
Alex has been competing in at UNR.

Alex had gotten the Silver Medal for the High School category.

This makes a total of 2 Silver and 2 Gold medals.

There is one more contest to go.

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Just a couple of days ago...
Alex had competed in the A Star Math Competition for High School students.

This took place in Sunnyvale, CA.

It took us 4 hours to drive there...
so we had gotten up at 2:30 AM and started our drive at approximately 3 AM.

Once we arrived in a nearby city...
we stopped for breakfast...
and we then had arrived early at the contest site 
to await the other team members of NNV Math club competitors.


There were math teams from, mostly, the San Francisco bay area.

As I have said before...
some of the nation's brightest young mathematicians reside there.


After the first phase...
Alex went to look at the posted solutions to check on his results.

Alex said he had done better this year...
and that he felt happy because he is learning more with each competition.


Alex with some of his team members.


Although their team hadn't placed...
it is always a good learning experience for all the participants.

I had missed the awards ceremony because I was resting in the car in the parking lot.

Alex said that he had not recognized the top placers in this contest.


After the contest...
we went out to our favorite Korean restaurant in San Jose, CA...
Korean Palace.

We each had ordered Beef Bulgogi.

We have long come here.

The food is authentic, and absolutely delicious...every time.


Afterwards, on our way home...
we stopped by our old neighborhood (before moving to Reno, NV).

Alex has sweet memories of his young childhood there.

We then drove back home...
 and had arrived at about 12:30 AM.



Alex has another math contest in a couple of days.

As always...
Alex is studying everyday...
not just for math competitions...
but for his regular school subjects.


Many of Alex's previous, and present, math team members
have already been accepted to very prestigious universities.


In a couple of years...
Alex will be applying to all of the top universities as well.


This Summer...
Alex will also be getting his driving permit
(I will be giving him driving lessons everyday).


Life is moving so quickly now.






Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Past Few Days For Alex


Song:  Clocks

Group:  Coldplay


This past Saturday...
Alex was invited by his one of his old math teachers
to speak briefly of his experience at the 2014 State finals of Mathcounts...
and of his #1 individual win there...
and of his experience at the Mathcounts Nationals.

His old math teacher is putting together math clubs 
for elementary, middle, and high school math competitions.

He had asked Alex if he would help coach the middle schoolers
who were working toward the Mathcounts competition.

Alex is volunteering an hour and a half on Saturdays 
so these middle schoolers may learn how to have strong math skills...
perhaps to even have strong enough math skills to compete well.



His old math teacher (in light blue)...
had some of the Alumni from the previous Mathcounts competitions 
from Coral Academy of Science speak of their experiences in the competition.

The room was filled with the many children (who were in attendance with their parents)
who were interested in joining the math club.


The tall young man standing next to Alex is the Thai exchange student
who was with Alex at the Caltech math competition.

He had spoken of his love of math and he had told the children and parents 
how higher math is an exercise of logic.

After the parents were given a tour of the campus...
I filled the white board with some of the means and methods we...
 as parents, had used in our raising of Alex...
along with some of his accomplishments.

I had done this to give these parents these same means and methods
so their children could get, and stay, ahead in school.

The means and methods are the same I have been harping on 
all throughout my blog.

 (My wife's picture)

Later that night...
a snow storm moved in...
and where we live...
more than a foot and a half of snow had accumulated.

It had snowed so much that his Sunday math club was cancelled.

  (My wife's picture)

So, this gave Alex more time to study.

As I have explained so many times before...
it is that of having a daily study habit that is key to doing well in school.

  (My wife's picture)

Alex is self driven...
and what he likes to do is to fully concentrate on one class
until he feels that his concentration starts to wane...
and he will then start to work on another class for a while.

  (My wife's picture)
  (My wife's picture)

As you can see here...
Alex was working on his AP English class (Online high school)...
and he then started working on his Game Theory class (UNR).

  (My wife's picture)
  (My wife's picture)

The construction of a basic logic tree depicting branching possibilities 
as a particular game or situation progresses...
and when certain decisions are made.

 (My wife's picture)

Alex well knows that it is not the mere quantity of study which is key...
but that it is the quantity of quality of study which makes the difference.

When he starts to lose concentration with one subject...
he simply moves on to another one for a while...
and he then returns to the original subject.

In this manner, he always keeps his mind fresh
(and so, in keeping with the study mantra of that which is of prime importance...
the quantity of quality of study).

 (My wife's picture)

A day or so later...
the sky cleared up
(my wife's picture from our front yard).


The snow buildup at my mother's house.

Two pictures near our neighborhood today.

As you can see...
the clouds were moving back in...
but it was still a very nice day.

Alex is busy studying right now...
as it has always been as part of his daily study habit.

On weekends and holidays
he still studies...
but for a shorter period of time...
but daily nonetheless. 







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