LIVINGSTON, NJ — Both the seventh and eighth grade mathematics teams at Heritage Middle School (HMS) came in first place in the state and first place in the region, which includes Burlington and Essex counties, at this year's New Jersey Math League held prior to schools being closed due the current health crisis.

According to Antonio Matheus, Livingston Public Schools (LPS) mathematics supervisor for grades 7-12, schools across the state that signed up for the competition administered the contests to their own students. As he congratulated the participating students and their teachers, Matheus said that LPS has “a great math department” that “continues to prepare and inspire students every day.”

The top-scoring seventh grade students from HMS consisted of Joanna Liu, Robert Wang, Aaron Yang, Kevin Zhang and Carolyn Zhou, who scored as follows in the state:

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  • Kevin Zhang — second place, tie
  • Joanna Liu — 11th place, tie
  • Robert Wang — 11th place, tie
  • Aaron Yang — 11th place, tie
  • Carolyn Zhou — 26th place, tie

At the regional level, the top-scoring HMS students included Zhang (second place), Liu (fourth place) and Wang (fourth place).

The eighth grade team consisted of HMS students Harsh Akunuri, Andrew Deng, Kevin Ha, Benjamin Sun and William Wang, who scored in the state as follows:

  • Harsh Akunuri — 12th place, tie
  • Andrew Deng — 12th place, tie
  • Kevin Ha — 20th place, tie
  • William Wang — 20th place, tie
  • Benjamin Sun — 26th place, tie

The top-scoring eighth grade students in the region included Akunuri (second place, tie) and Deng (second place, tie).