By Samiksha Komatireddy
On a hot, sunny day in Las Vegas, mathematicians from all over the U. S. competed in the 42nd annual American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) competition held at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


Seventy-five Division A teams and 59 Division B teams were anxiously bustling UNLV’s campus on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 .

“Before the competition, I was very nervous, but I got into the groove after a while,” Beckman High School Math Club member and junior Eric Chen said. “It was not that different from what I practiced.”

The American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) annual competition brings together the nation’s finest students. Not only are the competitors sharpening their mathematical skills, but they are also socializing and creating new friendships. This contest was designed specifically for high school students, but occasionally, some exceptional junior high school students attend too.

“I went to weekly ARML practices which were held at Long Beach,” Beckman High School Math Club Captain and senior Michael Zhao said. ‘I also looked up some previous ARML practice questions to better prep for the competition. Additionally, I went to the Beckman High School Math Club meetings.” .

The competition consists of several events, which include a team round, a power question (in which a team solves proof-oriented questions), an individual round, two relay rounds (in which a contestant solves a problem and passes his/her answer to another team member, who uses this answer to solve another problem) and a super relay. In all, over 120 teams participated. A team consists of 15 students, high school age or lower

Awards include: The Alfred Kalfus Founder's Award and The D. E. Shaw Group Individual High Scorers, given as honorable mentions to a few selected people every year.

“I was definitely not one of the best one in the competition,” Chen said. “However, it motivated me when I saw other people and it was a good learning experience.”

To learn more details about the American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) and how to compete in the contest, visit: American Regional Mathematics League