competition fostering co-operation

yang’s Ohio ARML page at CSCC.

i volunteered at a practice session yesterday.
mostly logistical stuff, more or less of course.
but with, anyway, a few opportunities to talk
about math and life with people not inclined
to dismiss me outright as soon as… or even
*before*… i even open my mouth to speak.
rare enough in these dark days i assure you.
i’ll do it again in a few weeks.

my only prior math-contest experience was
taking the notorious “putnam” as a college senior.
i answered one question easily right away
and spent the rest of the day trying and failing
to get a handle on any of the other 11.
that was fun too. i should remember better
who the coaches were. andrew lenard
is the only one i can name for sure.

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