OCMC Thanksgiving Tournament

Article by: Lauren Chong

Orange County Math Circle (OCMC) held its 11th Thanksgiving Tournament, a math tournament tailored for students in third to sixth grade aimed to engage them in mathematical problem solving and collaboration, on Nov. 17 at Sage Hill School. 

The Thanksgiving Tournament started off with an individual round and ends with a team round. Students were able to compete individually or in groups of up to six people. The top six winners of the individual round received trophies and medals. The winning team of the team round received a bucket of candy to share amongst themselves. 

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, OCMC also started a Toy Drive to help children in need. It stemmed from OCMC’s mission to serve those around all of Orange County. The toy drive began as a way to serve those outside of the immediate Irvine area. 

Planning for OCMC’s event was no easy feat. OCMC’s core volunteers planned logistics, wrote tournament problems, promoted in the community in advance to the event, and hosted and organized fundraisers for future events during the tournament.

OCMC is currently in the works of planning a math tournament the New Year’s Tournament, a math tournament similar to the Thanksgiving tournament but geared towards middle schoolers. With the spirit of giving thanks, OCMC successfully wrapped up its November tournament.

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