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Bunker Hill Community College Student Places First in National Math Competition

Friday, December 19, 2014

BHCC honors student Minwoo Yoo placed first in the nation in Round I of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Student Math League competition. Competing on the precalculus test against students from 187 community colleges, Yoo earned a perfect score. “I’m confident he’ll win Round II,” said Yoo’s mentor Elhoussine Ghardi, Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department. Round II is scheduled for February 13 to March 7, 2015.

The competition is given annually in two rounds—one each during the fall and spring semesters. The test questions, which are on the precalculus level, are nonstandard, difficult questions which are not typically posed in such classes, according to Student Math League Coordinator Susan Strickland. The highest scoring eligible participant for both rounds combined is awarded a $3,000 scholarship. “Minwoo's score is impressive,” said Strickland. “He was the only one to get a perfect score of 40 points.”

Yoo chose to participate because, as he said, “Students who [have] succeeded in transferring to MIT or Caltech from a community college participated in the competition and made it to the individual top 10 list.” He plans to transfer to a four-year school Fall 2015 and major in computer science. Yoo’s top choices are Brown, Cornell, Harvard and MIT.

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Karen M. Norton, Executive Director of Integrated Marketing and Communications
Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 228-2177; Email: kmnorton@bhcc.mass.edu

Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts, enrolling approximately 19,000 students annually. BHCC has two campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, three satellite locations and a number of instructional centers throughout the Greater Boston area. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-five percent of the students are people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College also enrolls nearly 1,000 international students who come from 100 countries and speak more than 75 languages.