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Students secure awards at TMSCA state meet

Pearland Independent School District students did the math to rack up multiple successes at the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association (TMSCA) state competition on April 1 in San Antonio with 156 competing students.

Pearland ISD was represented at the TMSCA state competition by students from Pearland Junior High West, Pearland Junior High South, Berry Miller Junior High, Sablatura, Alexander and Rogers middle schools. PJH West and Sablatura secured 3rd place in sweepstakes, 1st place in team Science, 3rd place in team Math, 3rd place in team Calculator Applications and 8th place in team Number Sense.

TMSCA is an intermediate-grades competition that prepares students for University Interscholastic League math and science events. TMSCA offers four test areas -- Number Sense, Calculator Applications, Math and Science.

In February and March, Pearland ISD students participated in several qualifying meets, advancing to state based on pre-set qualifying scores. At the state competition, the top 20 students and top six teams in each subject area win awards.

At state, students winning first-10th place received trophies, and students in 11th-20th place received medals. Pearland ISD awards in the 6A division include:


PJH West

  • Alan Yao: 1st in Math, 14th in Number Sense and 20th in Science
  • Yichen Wang: 1st in Science
  • Ethan Chen: 2nd in Math and 20th in Science
  • Josh Anino: 3rd in Science
  • Haobo Shi: 5th in Calculator Applications
  • Justin Braden: 7th in Science
  • Suya Yang: 8th in Number Sense
  • Daniel Xi: 8th in Science
  • Rexford Pan: 11th in Math and 16th in Science
  • Sofia Castillo: 11th in Calculator Applications
  • Allen Gu: 12th in Science
  • Andrew Nguyen: 13th in Math and 14th in Number Sense
  • Grace Ji: 15th in Science
  • Leah Hong: 18th in Math


  • An Vo: 2nd in Sablatura in Calculator Applications
  • Junxi "Mark” Zhang: 3rd in Calculator Applications, 14th in Science and 16th in Math
  • Hannah Zhang: 4th in Calculator Applications and 14th in Number Sense
  • Peighton Collier: 8th in Calculator Applications
  • Joshua Meng: 11th in Math and 14th in Science
  • Nick Zhou: 12th in Calculator Applications
  • Zoey Rui: 14th in Math

Berry Miller Junior High

  • Caroline Mao: 17th in Number Sense
  • Enyang (Lany) Jiang: 11th place Science


  • Kaartik Gali: 12th in Science
  • Mihir Subramanya: 18th in Science


  • Jacob Frerking: 13th place in Science

Pearland ISD coaches included Jennifer Phillips from Rogers, Sandra Nix from Alexander Middle School, Margaret Needler, Kasey Hart, Phuong Trinh and Christine Sadler from Sablatura, Bhavani Venkataramanan and Susan Kovach from PJH West, Denise Figueroa and Jill Laird from Berry Miller Junior High.