Lehigh Valley American Regions Math League team
The 2015 ARML contest was held on May 30. The Lehigh Valley team had five teams of 15 people, the Fire, the Ice, the Lightning, the Thunder, and the Storm. Selection for the five teams is based on score on the Lehigh Contest, performance in practices, and scores on the AMC and AIME, and in MathCounts. Practices are held at Lehigh University Sundays from 3:30 to 6:00.
During the summer (2015), I will send out several problem sets. We will probably have three practices in the fall, one each in Sept, Oct, and Nov. If you were not on the 2015 team and wish to attend, contact Don Davis. Our practice room can only accommodate 78 people, which is the main reason that we may restrict the people who are allowed to attend our practices. Attendance at the fall practices does not guarantee you a spot on the team. The spring practices will be restricted to those who are invited to be on the team, based on performance in the Lehigh contest and past performance.
In recent years, the team has included many students from 75 or more miles away from Lehigh in all directions, including New Jersey. Students whose schools participate in the Central Jersey Math League are not eligible to be on the LV ARML team, nor are students from West-Windsor Plainsboro High School.
Although ARML consists of difficult questions in high school mathematics, we have found that talented middle school students can perform very successfully at ARML. The 2010 national champion Lehigh Valley Fire team included an eighth grader and a seventh grader among its 15 members. One way for prospective students to decide whether they might fit into the team is to look at some of the old Lehigh math contests. Out of the 40 questions on the 2015 contest, most people on the Storm team answered 10-19 correctly, the Thunder team answered 15-20 correctly, on Lightning 16-25, on Ice 19-29, and on Fire 23-32. Many other factors are taken into account for team placement, but these scores correlate highly with team placement.
If on May 29, 2016, we have more than 75 people who want to go, then those not selected to one of the five teams can go as alternates. Alternates go with the rest of the team, wear the LV T-shirt, but participate on a team of alternates from various areas. Many LV ARML members have gone as alternates in past years and enjoyed the experience.
In 2015 all costs were covered by our sponsors. This should again be true in 2016. The primary sponsor of the team is Paul Martino, who graduated from North Penn HS in 1992 and Lehigh Univ in 1995. He founded several Silicon Valley companies, most recently Bullpen Capital, and has made a substantial contribution to the LU Contest and LV ARML team for the past nine years. Other sponsors are Google, Lehigh University Department of Mathematics, and Rotor Bearing Technology and Software. Any corporation interested in sponsoring a portion of the expenses of the Lehigh Valley ARML team should contact Don Davis.
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