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Math Contest for High School and Middle School Students

Mariam, Math | Originally Published: 2/19/2019

Since 1951, numbers of high school and middle school students have been competing against each other in a very prestigious math contest that takes place every year at Los Angeles City College. Besides getting recognition that students can put in their college applications, they also get rewarded various scholarships.

Hi everyone! Hope you have enjoyed your long weekend!

As a high school student I really enjoyed participating in various competitions and olympiads. Especially, if it was a Math Olympiad. However, when I moved to Los Angeles, I did not have any information about competitions that are within my district. During Fall 2018, my first semester as a college student, I discovered that since 1951, numbers of students have been competing in this prestigious Math Competition at Los Angeles City College.

The competition takes place every year during the Spring Semester. Students get rewarded various scholarships including cash prizes. The LACC Math competition is really well-known among different four-year universities, so if you are thinking that you haven’t been so involved or active during your high school years and don’t have something special to write about in your college applications, getting a high score in this competition will make you stand out among many other applicants.

Simpsons: Math Competition.

Sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? Now that I got your attention, here is some information about the LACC Math competition for this year.

It will take place on 03/02/2019 at Los Angeles City College, 855 N. Vermont, Los Angeles, CA 90029, in our new Students Union Building.

FREE PARKING next to Student Union Building in Lot 4, the faculty and staff lot, upper level of the parking structure, enter/exit just slightly south of the intersection of Heliotrope Drive and Monroe Street.  

The SCHEDULE for the day is:

7:45 am to 8:45 am:  check-in on the first floor of the Student Union and have breakfast on the second floor;

8:45 am to 9:00 am:  seating and instructions in the multipurpose room on the third floor;

9:00 am to 11:00 am: time for the test; 25 question multiple choice test;

11:00 am to 12:00 pm:  hang out, make new friends,  meet LACC Math professors, and check out the campus.

Parents, teachers, counsellors, and principals are encouraged to come. While the students will be taking the test, they can meet parents and teachers from other schools as well as the LACC Math professors and the LACC President,  Mary Gallagher.

PRIZES: Yes, that’s right. There will be multiple scholarship and prize recipients. For the top six students, there will be $1,600 in cash prizes, several $4,000 scholarships to attend LACC full-time, and several $1,000 scholarships to attend LACC part-time while still in high school.

If you have more questions about the contest or how to sign up for it, email Professor Angela Wayne (, or Professor Vin Lee (

If you are not a high school student, but you are taking classes at Los Angeles City College, do not get disappointed as there is a math competition for you too. Read my next article about the AMATYC, community college math competition.

Lastly, let's see how many of you can decypher this little "joke" from The Simpsons. Will post the answer in my next article. 

Homer Simpson reading a math joke which can be deciphered as "I ate some pie".

Image Credit: The Simpsons

About The Author

Mariam moved to the USA 2 years ago and graduated from Bernstein High School in June 2018. This is her second semester at LACC as a college student. Her major is Applied Mathematics. She has always had passion for mathematics because it is an international language and every problem has a solution. During her free time Mariam enjoys reading detective and crime fiction, and researching about Dream Analysis.