A seventh grader at Harvest Park Middle School was a part of the California team that placed first at the MATHCOUNTS National Championship on May 9, which was broadcasted live on ESPN.
Jeffery Li, a Harvest Park MATHCOUNTS team member, was one of four California middle school students that qualified to compete and represent the state at the national championship in Orlando, Fla.
Li also ranked No. 37 in the individual scores, out of 228 competitors at the national championship.
"He is a remarkable young man and he has put in a lot of work that he is now seeing pay off," said Harvest Park's MATHCOUNTS coach Randy Lomas.
At the national championship, each state's team was comprised of the four highest scoring individuals from the State competition held on March 22 at Stanford University in Palo Alto.
An individual's score (46 points possible) is determined by their scores in the Sprint and Target rounds, two of three rounds in the competition. The Sprint round (30 points possible) consists of 30 questions in 40 minutes without a calculator, and the Target round (16 points possible) consists of four pairs of questions in 24 minutes (six minutes per pair) with a calculator.
Li, along with other Harvest Park MATHCOUNTS team members April Chen, Kenny Peng and Daniel Yang competed at the March competition for a chance to represent California at nationals.
Li was in a four-way tie for the highest score in California, according to Lomas.
In addition, the Harvest Park MATHCOUNTS team placed first at the Diablo Chapter competition on Feb. 25.
More than 150 students representing 19 different middle schools from Pleasanton, Livermore, Sunol and Walnut Creek, competed in the Diablo Chapter.
Harvest Park's team ranked first in the chapter with 61.5 points out of a possible 66 points.
According to Lomas, this is Harvest Park's ninth time in 10 years to place first in the chapter competition.