From left, 5th graders Austin Hwang, Ana Mancera Rodriguez, and Trisha Chakraborty work together on an estimation challenge. 114 elementary students and 40 high school students participated in the district event. Courtesy photo.

“A Smile Sums It Up” was the theme for the day as South Pasadena’s finest young mathletes gathered at the 27th Annual Elementary Math Field Day, held Saturday, May 12, at Marengo Elementary School.

A total of 114 mathematically talented 4th and 5th grade students from Arroyo Vista, Marengo, and Monterey Hills Schools participated in the event.

Forty South Pasadena High School students wrote and conducted the field day events, which emphasized skills highlighted in the California Common Core Math Standards.  Students were challenged in Mental Math, Problem Solving, Estimation, Calculator, Math Jeopardy, Math Relay, Spatial Reasoning, and Math logic games.

Following the morning activities, the students, their teachers, and parents gathered in the auditorium for the awards ceremony.  South Pasadena High School seniors presented the trophies and ribbons to all students in recognition of their outstanding efforts.

SPHS seniors Ashley Gao, Bethany Chen, Caroline Liu, Jane Yang, Kate Ba, Tiffany Chen, Marta Jerebets, Drew Sevilla, Ryan Summers, Victoria Venardi, Isabel Bluml, Madeleine Wong, Andrew Wong, and Simon Stans were praised for their years of service to the math field day program.

Teachers Dawn Tull, Helena Yee, and Rachael Rodriquez coached and encouraged the participating students and were justifiably proud of their young and talented mathematicians.  Marengo Principal Patricia Cheadle supervised the facilities and activities.  Principal Cheryl Busick from Arroyo Vista, and Assistant Principal Jessica Zavala from Monterey Hills supported the event with their attendance and leadership. 

A generous grant by the South Pasadena Chinese-American Club made the event possible. The Baking Tigers Club at SPHS, led by Jio Park, donated treats for all the students.  A donation of supplies was made by Walgreens of San Gabriel.

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