Middle School Students Place in MATHCOUNTS Competition; CGPS Senior Explains Options for STEM in the Prep School

Recently, five 7th grade CGPS students competed in the national middle school math competition MATHCOUNTS. Graham S. ’24, Hannah W. ’24, Mason S. ’24, Moise S. ’24 and Sabina L. ’25 were the CGPS participants in the competition, and the team was led by Middle School math coordinator Jessica Merrick. The CGPS team placed 9th overall out of over 75 teams. Mason S. ’24 placed 19th overall in the individual round, out of more than 300 participants.

“Many of the winning teams were comprised of 8th graders, so it is even more exciting that we can compete together again next year. The students worked so well together and represented CGPS with dignity,” Ms. Merrick said.

As a special treat, Ms. Merrick arranged for CGPS senior Bi Tian Y. ’19 to meet with the Middle School students, to discuss his own path in pursuing STEM subjects here at CGPS. Bi Tian is a Regeneron Science Talent Search semifinalist this year, one of just 300 students honored across the country for his innovative research and discoveries in the field of astronomy.


“I thought it might be worthwhile to have Bi Tian meet our Middle School math students to reinforce the message that great things can happen to smart, motivated STEM students,” Ms. Merrick said.


Bi Tian spoke to the Middle School students about classes offered in the Prep School at CGPS, including Computer Math, Computer Science, Astronomy, Statistics and Advanced Statistics. Bi Tian also talked about his interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI), and his work with Prep School science teacher Ilya Yashin in using AI, code and data analysis to study astronomy. Bi Tian discussed the 11 dimensions of our universe and his fascination with the pursuit of math and science to discover new facts about our universe. Bi Tian also explained to the Middle Schoolers what makes planet habitable and the likelihood of finding a new planet that has sustainable water supply, temperature and living conditions.


Bi Tian encouraged the Middle Schoolers to continue their passion for math in the Prep School, where many classes and extracurricular clubs allow further study and exploration. He also recommended the students explore math summer programs to continue their studies, such as the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented youth (CTY) and the iD Tech at Stanford University.