George School’s Varsity Math Team (GSVMT) won their first ever away match on Thursday, December 9, 2021, during the Philadelphia Math Olympiad competition at Episcopal Academy. The team ended their exciting fall season with a 17-2 record (5-0 in FSL)—the best record of any Friends League team.
“We came in as the team to beat in this end-of-season “Math Olympiad” contest. The students were really counting on a win,” said Head of the Math Department Kevin Moon. “We won every match ending up with a first place finish and the championship.”
The team won four matches, defeating Westtown twice, and Shipley in the finals. GSVMT members in the competition included Wilson Chen ’23, Linglong Dai ’23, MC Gu ’24, Forest Ho-Chen ’22, Ian Hopkins ’22, Jason Liu ’22, and Yuki Wang ’23.
“This season we used the great George School motto, “clap back,” said Forest who is the team captain. “Our sense of community worked due to our passion, community, and ability.”
Student clubs and sports teams across George School came together this season to support and cheer on their GSVMT peers. The GSVMT extends their thanks to the Astronomy Club, Biochemistry Club, Chess Club, CrypNTo, GS Math and Beyond Club, MATES, Robotics Club, Boys’ Varsity Soccer, Varsity Cross Country, Varsity Football, Boys’ JV Soccer, Freshman Soccer, Boys’ Lacrosse, GS Model UN, and The Salted Tree.
“In the Varsity Tournament, our first ever away match, we were at a disadvantage because we were a person short,” said Forest. “However, we drew inspiration from the Boys’ Varsity Soccer team who beat Perkiomen 10-3 despite being down a player. This, combined with support from all of our other allies and good strategizing led us to two wins over Westtown and a win over Episcopal B, which put us in the finals against Shipley.”
“This fall, the math team won 8 and lost 1 match in the Philadelphia area Independent schools math league, ending the season in first place for the third year in a row,” said Kevin. “It was an outstanding season with some awesome performances.”
The team is ready for future contests coming up, including the Trinity Math Contest (TrinMaC), Purple Comet, American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME), and possibly the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO). Forest added that the team is always looking for more players to join.
“It’s never too late to join the Varsity Math team,” said Forest. “We would certainly appreciate new faces on the team. The best way to find out whether you like being on the Varsity Math team is to join for a few matches.”
Please join us in congratulating the Varsity Math Team on a successful fall season. It is now time for an equation vacation as the team rests up for the upcoming winter and spring seasons.