Greenwich High finishes second in state math competition

Greenwich High School’s varsity math team produced a strong performance Monday at the state math championship – but the numbers did not quite add up to a first-place finish.

The team finished second in the large-school division behind Westport’s Staples High School.

“While GHS led after round one, Staples took the lead in round two and never looked back,” Gordon Jones, the Greenwich High team’s faculty adviser, said in an email. “GHS attempted a comeback, but the final score was 119-108.”

Greenwich High was seeking its sixth-straight state title, after winning its fifth-straight county competition last month.

At the state competition held in Hebron, sophomore Michael Kural scored a perfect 18 and brothers Andrew and Steven Ma, respectively a Greenwich High junior and an Eastern Middle School eighth-grader, respectively scored 13 and 12.

The Greenwich High team’s next match will be the New England regional competition on May 2.

Four of the Greenwich mathletes –-  Kural, Andrew and Steven Ma and Kotaro Yamashiro — have been selected to the all-state team. They will compete in the American Regional Math competition in June at Pennsylvania State University.

Paul Schott