The LSU Math Circle competition team recently traveled to Boston to compete in the Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament.

Held alternately at Harvard and MIT, the tournament consists of two 50-minute individual tests that require knowledge of subjects such as geometry, algebra and combinatorics, and two team rounds: a 60-minute team test and an 80-minute speed-based “guts” round.

The A team came in fifth place in the team test out of 135 teams and received 18th place overall, its most successful tournament showing to date. The B team, in its first appearance at the tournament, also scored highly, a news release said.

Team members are Baton Rouge High students Candace Chatman, Elvin Gu, Louie Kam, David Luo, Orianne Luo, Max Pan and Anusha Zaman; McKinley High students Albert Chen, Rohin Gilman, Kevin Shen and Allen Wang; and Episcopal student Sam Li. Accompanying the students were Math Circle coordinator and LSU undergraduate math major Steven Olsen and LSU math graduate student Michaela Stone, the release said.

The teams, coached by Steven Olsen, Eric Bucher and Spencer Roby, will compete at the Berkeley Mathematics Tournament in March.

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