Canyon Crest Academy team places second in national math contest

San Diego’s Canyon Crest Academy has some of the best high-school mathematicians in the country, as demonstrated by their second-place finish in the 2015 Four-by-Four Competition, a national mathematics contest administered by National Assessment & Testing (

Coach Brian Shay prepared students for the contest, in which teams of four participated in 10 three-minute rounds in which they attempted to answer four questions. This effectively gives each student three minutes to answer one problem, but the team must also decide who will work each problem and whether their time would be better spent checking one another’s work on easier and more familiar problems or whether they should attempt to answer all four questions.

After results from schools across the country were double-checked, the team of Kevin Choe, Bhairav Chidambaram, Tristan Pollner, and Eshaan Nichani placed first in the oldest division, helping their school to place second overall among the top schools in the country. Canyon Crest Academy participated in all four of National Assessment & Testing’s contests this year.

National Assessment & Testing administers high-quality mathematics competitions that schools can participate in through the mail. Their contests span a variety of formats, including individual and team tests, with each contest featuring problems ranging from easy to difficult, providing both confidence and challenges to students of all abilities.