By Lori Lyn Lirio
A FILIPINO American student from the Saipan International School earned a top ten slot in a recently concluded national math competition in Kansas City, where more than 100 students from across the United States competed.
Ninth grader Frederic Dean Michael Guintu finished 10th at the Mathleague Championship held last May 19 at the University of Missouri.
According to Vina Dueñas, one of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Island (CNMI) Mathcourt administrators, said Guintu and the rest of the CNMI team competed with over 100 students at the national competition – high school level.
Guintu received a trophy for placing 10th for the 9th grade level at the competition.
Dueñas said nine states and territories, including CNMI and the Philippines, participated in the Mathleague championship.
Team CNMI members include: Frederic Dean Michael Guintu, James Lee, Michael Lee and Junhee Lee, all SIS students; Jushua Qiu of Grace Christian Academy, and Kichang Jeoung of Marianas Baptist Academy.
This year, according to Dueñas, the CNMI mathletes thrived in the Mathematics national competition.
In March 17, 2018, two members from the CNMI team finished third and 8th in the middle school level Mathleague championship in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dueñas said Silas Xu of Agape Christian School won third place in the 7th Grade Category while Joanah Jimenez of Marianas Baptist Academy placed 8th at the Countdown round qualifier.
“We want to thank the Public School System and the Board of Education for their continued support, and for helping make all of this possible for the students of the CNMI,” Dueñas said.
She said the CNMI Mathcourt is now preparing to compete in the national championship for elementary level on June 16, 2018 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.