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Leadership

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Amy Zhong, Co-President

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Name: Amy Zhong

Position: Co-President

School: University High School, Grade 11

Three words that describe her: Passionate, logical, committed

How long she has been in Math for Service: 3 years

Volunteering for Math for Service has taught me to push myself to become a better teacher, better leader, and a better person. Getting to work with like-minded volunteers to create new opportunities for others is a truly rewarding experience that has taught me a lot about compassion, planning, and teamwork. I plan to continue the work of OC Math Circle and improve the quality of our current events, add new events with a broader reach, and spread the joy and discipline of problem solving and mathematics to the youth of Orange County.

Michael Wu, Co-President

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Name: Michael Wu

Position and Organization: Co-President

School: University High School, Grade 12

Three words that describe him: Loyal, dedicated, and curious

How long he has been in Math for Service: 4 years

My first exposure to STEM came at the 2010 Thanksgiving Math Tournament and in fourth grade, I vividly remember aspiring to be those high school volunteers. Since then, I've been extremely fortunate to be able to give back to the community that I grew up in. Not only have I honed my leadership skills, I have further learned the power of human connection through knowledge. I plan to leave a legacy of innovation through the creation of new programs and events as well as that of bringing the OC Math Circle to a new era of teaching and commitment to our participants.

Austin Sun, Vice President of Marketing

 

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Name: Austin Sun

Position: VP of Marketing

School: Troy High School, Grade 12

Three words that describe him: Happy, passionate, friendly

How long he has been in Math for Service: 3 years

In 7th grade, attending OC Math Circle's New Year's Invitational Introduced me to the creative and fun world of math. It's come full circle. As a sophomore, I served as Director of Middle School Math Club and since freshman year, I have volunteered at Santa Ana Math Club, helping underprivileged students flourish in their interest and skills in math. Last year, as VP of Marketing, I helped OC Math Circle raise funds and promoted its various events throughout the community. As a longtime OC Math Circle volunteer, seeing students grow has been rewarding. I volunteer because I want to continue to help students see mathematics as a creative, fun, and social pursuit.

Linghao Kong, Vice President of Operations

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Name: Linghao Kong

Position: VP of Operations

School: University High School, Grade 12

Three words that describe him: Driven, precise, capable

How long he has been in Math for Service: 5 years

I volunteer at Math for Service because I think that I can actually make a positive impact on the community, with all the classes and tournaments we hold. I learned that in order to effectively convey messages, you need to prepare and be willing to see how the message would be received from the other point of view. I plan to use my expertise in planning and running math classes to help current directors of math clubs with improving or changing them.

Ivy Cao, Director of Communications

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Name: Ivy Cao

Position: Director of Communications

School: University High School, Grade 11

Three words that describe her are: Determined, responsible, sensible

How long she has been in Math for Service: 3 years

My first experience with competition math was during OC Math Circle's Thanksgiving Tournament. The tournament fostered my love for math and motivated me to participate in additional competitions. I volunteer at Math for Service because of my desire to give back to the organization that sparked my initial interest in math. Volunteering with Math for Service has taught me that every student has the ability to excel. I gained new insights about the learning process and further developed my teaching skills. As Director of Communications, I hope to streamline communications by facilitating feedback from the community to respective departments so our programs can be constantly improved.

Alex Kwon, Santa Ana Math Club Co-Director

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Name: Alex Kwon

Position: Santa Ana Math Club Co-Director 

School: Sage Hill School, Grade 10 

Three words that describe him: Passionate, responsible, organized 

How long he has been in Math for Service: 1.5 years

I choose to volunteer at Math for Service because it combines my passion for teaching and working with younger students under my two favorite subjects: math and science. I learned that volunteering to teach students really makes a difference in their lives, and we should strive to improve more students' lives in the world. The students' excitement and passion in learning inspire me to volunteer with a strong love and motivated attitude. I plan to contribute my teaching skills, passion in working with younger students, kindness, unique ideas to improve Math for Service, and my ability to work well with others.

Catherine Cui, Santa Ana Math Club Co-Director

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Name: Catherine Cui 

Position: Santa Ana Math Club Co-Director 

School: Arnold O. Beckman High School, Grade 10 

Three words that describe her: Energetic, persistent, positive 

How long she has been in Math for Service2 years

I volunteer with Math for Service because I find it unfortunate that some students are unable to love mathematics due to limited resources or lack of confidence. I hope to leave my students with a lifelong passion for mathematics and spread the belief that "anyone can accomplish anything when they set their mind to it." I often lack the patience to realize my visions and dreams; interacting with students and fellow volunteers have shown me the value of patience. I plan to contribute my passion for math, my positive outlook towards life and new ideas to the Math for Service community.

Nyle Wong, Middle School Math Club Co-Director

 

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Name: Nyle Wong 

Position: Middle School Math Club Co-Director 

School: University High School, Grade 10 

Three words that describe him: Optimistic, motivated, friendly 

How long he has been in Math for Service: 2 years

I first attended the Middle School Math Club classes in 6th grade. Inspired by the dedication of the volunteers, I joined OC Math Circle two years later. Through Math for Service, I found a home where I could spread my passion for math to younger students. I have learned about the meaning of serving, caring, and being responsible. I also learned that my actions can inspire the next generation of volunteers. As the Co-Director of the Middle School Math Club, I hope to engage volunteers and students by exploring the beauty of math beyond competition math. I aim to achieve deep thinking and active learning through hands-on worksheets and active discussion.

Pranav Kanchi, Elementary School Math Club Co-Director

 

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Name: Pranav Kanchi 

Position: Elementary School Math Club Co-Director 

School: University High School, Grade 10 

Three words that describe him: Passionate, amiable, hopeful 

How long he has been in Math for Service: <1 year

I am looking forward to channeling my passion for the betterment of the community through OC Math Circle. I am hoping to instill in younger students a love for math by making it as fun as possible.

Jennifer Pan, Fundraising Team

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Name: Jennifer Pan 

Position: Fundraising Team 

School: Arnold O. Beckman High School, Grade 10

Three words that describe her: Curious, funny, trustworthy 

How long she has been in Math for Service: <1 year

I've been involved in planning sponsorships and fundraising throughout my entire high school career, and I hope that I can transfer my skills over to OC Math Circle to provide the funds necessary for all of the free services we provide in our community, such as tournaments, math classes, and carnivals.

 

Dhruba Basu, Fundraising Team, Webmaster

 

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Name: Dhruba Basu

Position: Fundraising Team, Webmaster

School: University High School, Grade 11

Three words that describe him are: Charismatic, approachable, confident

How long he has been in Math for Service: 2 years

I decided to volunteer at Math for Service as I wanted a place to volunteer and had developed an interest in mathematics and computer science. From my Math for Service experience, I have learned multiple things including how non-profit organizations are able to pull off events and how to interact with our target demographic of elementary and middle schooler. To be able to utilize my skillset and enrich younger students gives me a sense of purpose and I enjoy doing it. In the background, I hope to help with the fundraising aspect of running a non-profit organization in any way I can.

 

Anivrit Subramaniam, High School Math Club Co-Director, Math Team Co-Director

 

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Name: Anivrit Subramaniam

Position: High School Math Club Co-Director, Math Team Co-Director

School: University High School, Grade 10

Three words that describe him are: Passionate, talkative, ambitious

How long he has been in Math for Service: 3 years

I volunteer for OC Math Circle because I want to give back to the community that supported me in pursuing my interest in math. By volunteering, I can spread my passion for math to children throughout Orange County by exposing them to a different side of math. As a volunteer, I learned to work better with others and communicate clearly; I improved myself as a person, furthering my skills to teach and run events. I bring a strong passion for STEM and a goal of increasing student involvement in STEM. These characteristics enable me to constantly look for ways to improve Math for Service.

Nathan Kim, Problem Writing Committee Assistant Director

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Name: Nathan Kim

Position: Problem Writing Committee Assistant Director

School: Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Grade 12

Three words that describe him are: Grateful, kind hearted, hard-working

How long he has been in Math for Service: 2.5 years

For so long, I've loved mathematics and have had many opportunities to develop this passion through math clubs and classes. Entering high school, I wanted to give younger students these same opportunities so I joined OCMC. Through volunteering, I've learned how to effectively lead and have improved my interpersonal skills. Most importantly, I've realized the value of sharing the enjoyment that I once had. Last year, I worked on OCMC's new book, which includes lessons, past Thanksgiving Tournament problems, and full solutions. This year, I would like to finish creating the book, see its publication, and help promote it.

Kalyan Nath, Fundraising Team


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Name: Kalyan Nath

Position: Fundraising Team

School: University High School, Grade 12

Three words that describe him are: Humorous, friendly, persistent

How long he has been in Math for Service: 3 years

I volunteer at Math for Service because I feel that teaching kids math is more interesting than other typical volunteer activities. As a volunteer, I have learned that children learn in many different ways. Not one activity will interest or educate a child, thus Math for Service organizes various activities, ranging from tournaments to classes to carnivals, to help children learn in a variety of manner. I hope to increase fundraising for Math for Service so we can continue providing educational services for children free of charge. I would like my contributions to go towards expanding events and inviting inspiring guest speakers.

Eric Lee, Math Fun Night Assistant Director

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Name: Eric Lee

Position: Math Fun Night Assistant Director

School: Corona Del Mar Middle School, Grade 8

Three words that describe him are: Analytical, thoughtful, exciting

How long he has been in Math for Service: 1 year

It's easier to learn something when you know why it's necessary and why it's fun. I started volunteering at Math for Service because I wanted to show people that mathematics is applicable to real life and that it can be fun at the same time. I first volunteered at STEAM in the Park, which showed how I can create change in minds about mathematics. I want to show students that mathematics is not a class that you have to sit through, but instead is an idea that you should absorb and utilize!

Neal Sharma, Middle School Math Club Co-Director

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Name: Neal Sharma

Position: Middle School Math Club Co-Director

School: University High School, Grade 12

Three words that describe him are: Curious, creative, compassionate

How long he has been in Math for Service: 5 years

In middle school, I started volunteering at OC Math Circle because I could share my passion for mathematics with others, and I don't plan on stopping. Volunteering at OC Math Circle has made me realize teaching others gives me great personal satisfaction. In addition, it has taught me essential communication, organization, teamwork, and leadership skills that go beyond just knowledge of math concepts. I intend to mentor other Math for Service volunteers and build a strong community of educators who can teach a wider community and expand Math for Service. STEM is foundational for future careers and we can build a strong society through intellectual enrichment.

Alexander Kvitsinski, Co-Director of Tournaments

Name: Alexander Kvitsinski

Position: Co-Director of Tournaments

School: Laguna Beach High School, Grade 11

Three words that describe him are: Social, organized, persevering

How long he has been in Math for Service: 3 years

I chose to volunteer at Math for Service because I believe it is a great organization that strives to actually make a difference, and since it is student-led, it gives a great perspective on problems throughout our community. While volunteering at Math for Service, I've greatly expanded my skills in working with other people and organization. I strive to contribute to Math for Service by being a hard worker and communicating with others well. I really look forward to working at Math for Service for the following year.

Kevin Zhang, Problem Writing Committee Director

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Name: Kevin Zhang

Position: Problem Writing Committee Director

School: Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Grade 10

Three words that describe him are: Hard-working, motivated, friendly

How long he has been in Math for Service: <1 year

I plan to contribute to the Math for Service by inviting professors and accomplished students as a part of OC Math Circle's Guest Lecture Series. I would also like to expand the Problem Writing Committee to include writing detailed solutions for different math clubs.

Pete Hua, High School Math Club Co-Director, Math Team Co-Director

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Name: Pete Hua

Position: High School Math Club Co-Director, Math Team Co-Director

School: Crean Lutheran High School, Grade 11

Three words that describe him are: Challenging, realistic, optimistic

How long he has been in Math for Service: 2 years

Compared to several other organizations I have volunteered in, Math for Service attracts me the most with its unique atmosphere - volunteers are united by the passion to make a difference. Math for Service taught me to always think about doing more, and be creative if I wish to contribute and serve the community better. I will do my best to inspire talented high school students and help them to grow a life-long interest in math with High School Math Club. I will also work on organizing monthly activities for High School Math Circle and selecting a traveling team to compete in national math tournaments.

Daniel Ryu, Elementary School Math Club Co-Director, Math Fun Night Director

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Name: Dae Yeon (Daniel) Ryu

Position: Elementary School Math Club Co-Director, Math Fun Night Director

School: University High School, Grade 10

Three words that describe him are: Nerdy, adaptable, considerate

How long he has been in Math for Service: 1.5 years

I volunteer at Math For Service because I want to make math an enjoyable subject and improve the environment knowledge about math. I want students to have fun while learning math, not force them. I also love Math for Service because of the community. The community is so welcoming and takes in every idea you have to consider, and it is an example of sheer teamwork. Teamwork will ensure a great learning experience for the participants as well as the community, and optimism will always. I plan on contributing the Math For Service community by promoting teamwork and optimism throughout our audience.

Jerry Li, Director of Tournaments

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Name: Jerry Li

Position: Director of Tournaments

School: University High School, Grade 11

Three words that describe him are: Friendly, modest, willing

How long he has been in Math for Service: 1.5 years

I choose to volunteer at Math for Service because, with all the help that I have received from the community, I would like to help others who also desire to learn. It is a privilege to work with so many inspirational people. From my Math for Service experience, I have learned that teamwork is essential to the success. It has also taught me how to manage my tasks and time well. Inspired by the talented and dedicated individuals in Math for Service, I will offer my devotion and dedication as well. I will also learn from the current leadership and contribute what I have learned.

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