CARMEL VALLEY — Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) is on its way to becoming a top-ranked high school in mathematics, after placing first in this year’s national Collaborative Problem Solving Contest. The contest is a weeklong, team test created by National Assessment & Testing, a Seattle-based company that organizes affordable mathematics competitions for schools.
The math team started the year off strong, with team Coach Brian Shay leading them to five top three finishes in all of the National Assessment & Testing contests. The team took second in the Fall Startup Event, a competition that involved solving 100 math problems in 30 minutes. Paolo Gentili and Brandon Zeng tied for second in the freshman division; Thomas Swayze placed eighth among sophomores, Henry Maltby placed seventh in the junior division and Marco Gentili placed third among seniors.
In February, CCA students were among the more than 150,000 who participated in the American Mathematics Competition, the first in a ladder of competitions organized by the Mathematics Association of America, leading to the selection of team members to represent the USA at the International Mathematical Olympiad. Based on CCA’s top scores, the school was ranked in the top 20 in the nation on this exam.
CCA furthered its math domination with a tie for first place in the California High School Math League. Paolo Gentili, Marco Gentili, Thomas Swayze, and Brandon Zeng received perfect scores on all six contests, leading CCA to a perfect score overall.
At the UCSD Honors Math Competition, CCA ousted perennial winner and rival Torrey Pines High School for first place.