They came. They saw. They calculated.
Three students from South Forsyth High School spent last week in Dallas at the Mu Alpha Theta mathematics convention.
More than 50 schools from across the country, as well as a team from South Korea, competed in the annual convention held by the national high school and two-year college mathematics honor society.
"To be able to be with mathematicians of that high of a level and see their great enthusiasm for math … I think it’s pretty neat for them," said Linda Wright, South’s math department chairwoman.
"It’s work beyond the regular curriculum in the classroom, so they have to be able to problem solve and think at a higher level."
Wright accompanied the students to the competition, which also included a break to visit Six Flags Over Texas.
The three-member team from South was the only group from Georgia to participate.
While they didn’t win the School Bowl Alpha Division competition, the odds were stacked against Sean Dai, Ethan Kim and Vijeth Mudalegundi.
The trio of rising juniors were the only students from South able to compete at the alpha level, meaning they hadn’t taken calculus yet. But the three students faced off against teams of four.
"It’s timed, so it put them at a disadvantage to just have three instead of four because obviously if you have one more person, that’s one more person that adds knowledge," Wright said.
Despite competing without a full team, the students placed 10th in their division. Wright said she is "very pleased they came back with an award recognizing their hard efforts," adding she plans to try again with a full team next year.
"Hopefully we’ll find some sponsors in the community to help us out," she said. "It will be in Boston next year, so it will be about $600 per student for the fee to go."