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Miami Dade College’s Math Club Takes Top Honors at Math Olympics

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MDC Math Club Wins Top Honors

Miami, April 18, 2013 - The numbers aligned for a group of Miami Dade College (MDC) students this week, as it took home top honors. Members of the Math Club from Kendall and North campuses grabbed five out of seven places in the 2013 Math Olympics competition in Jacksonville, Florida.

North Campus’ mathematics major, Yang Li, defeated his opponents to clinch first place in the individual competition. Having completed the majority of his studies in China, Li’s first step when he arrived in Miami was to continue his passion for mathematics and enrolled at MDC. During his first semester, he joined the Math Club. A year later, he served as its president. But Li isn’t all left-brained. His passion for music began when he was nine. He plays the piano and competed in national, Chinese talent competitions. He plans to return to his native China to work as an engineer or professor, after graduating. 

Li and his teammates, Stanley Dor, Alberto Gutierrez, Octavio Del Sol, and Rene Villareal, battled other students, winning second place, in the team challenge.

Kudos are in order for the Kendall Campus Math Club, too. Steven Rivadeneira walked away with second place in the individual competition, while Nicolas Luca earned praise for his fourth-place standing.  Rivadeneira and Luca were joined by Hau Lian and Wenkui Ren, and won third place in the team competitions.

Students representing other MDC campuses were also part of the Math Olympics. MDC has a great track record of triumphing over other teams at local, state, and national competitions.  

Media-only contacts: Juan Mendieta, MDC director of communications, 305-237-7611,; Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,; Roxana Romero, 305-237-7187,; Kai Hill, 305-2373359,; or Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,


Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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