All Girls Math Tournament 2017

Over a hundred young female math-enthusiasts in Orange County gathered together to compete in the 2017 All Girls Math Tournament held on April 1 at St. Margaret's Episcopal School. 
"Women are underrepresented in STEM," says Natalie Yee, the president of All Girls Math Tournament. "We wanted girls to pursue their passion in math and have a space where they can share their love with other female individuals."
The tournament began as emcees Hana and Miya Stauss gave an introduction on the tournament and a summary of the day. The tournament followed the structure of the MathCounts competition. 
"The team round was our favorite and the most exciting part of the tournament because we got to meet new people and work together," says Kate and Rachel Cunningham, two participants of the tournament.
The awards ceremony started off with a presentation by Ms. Karmyn McKnight from Endologix, a company dedicated to biomedical technology. McKnight talked about her career and how math applies to what she does.

"Sometimes there is a lot of pressures when girls compete with guys, especially in elementary and middle school," says McKnight. "That is when a lot of girls get discouraged. Sometimes it is intimidating because guys get more aggressive. I think it is really empowering to have a girls-only area so girls can feel inspired and more relaxed."

The organization is determined to encourage girls to participate in STEM not only in Orange County, but in other areas as well through satellite organizations.

"This was our third year doing satellite organizations," says Sophie Courtney, the Director of Marketing. "We had very dedicated satellites in San Diego and Anaheim. I think we will see the payoff of these satellite organizations soon, and we are hoping to get more satellite organizations next year."

To read more about the All Girls Math Tournament, please click here.

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