LMC Places in Statewide Math Competition

June 23, 2015

Media Contact: Barbara Cella, Director of Marketing, 925-473-7322
Program Contact: Nicole Trager, LMC MESA Coordinator, 925-473-7682


Back row Left to right: Nourchene Loudhabachi, Kevin Letterman, Sonia Bustos, Prabhjot "Prince" Singh. Front row Left to right: Haoran "Sean" Xu, Janelle Rogers, Damon Williams. Not pictured: Angel Jimenez, Zohal Rahimi, Jeffery Johnson, Joseph Guardado.

PITTSBURG:  A team of MESA students from Los Medanos College (LMC) came in second overall in the program’s sixth annual statewide Math Challenge. The LMC team first won the region (SF Bay) competition and then placed 2nd statewide. This was the second year for LMC’s MESA students to place high – in 2014, they placed 1st statewide.


Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) conducted the 60-minute test that is modeled after the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ Student Math League test. More than 160 MESA students in teams of five or more participated from 20 MESA community college campuses.


Congratulations to all of the students on the LMC team: 
Janelle Rogers, Haoran Xu "Sean", Angel Jimenez, Norchene Loudhabachi, Sonia Bustos, Pabhjot Sing "Prince", Damon Williams, Zohal Rahimi, Jeffery Johnson. Kevin Letterman, and Joseph Guardado.


LMC’s MESA students competed initially amongst themselves.


The “winners” at LMC included:

  1st Place: Haoran Xu "Sean"
Norchene Loudhabachi
  2nd Place: Jeffery Johnson  
  3rd Place: Angel Jimenez
Kevin Letterman


Additionally, some of the team members placed as individuals in the regional competition. They include:

  2nd Place State
Certificate & Medal 
Haoran Xu "Sean"
Norchene Loudhabachi
  3rd Place State
Certificate & Medal
Jeffery Johnson  


The MESA Math Challenge consists of a test comprised of 25 multiple choice questions that cover algebra, trigonometry, pre-calculus, and analytical geometry. Each student takes an individual test, then the tests are scored and added together for a "team score."  The team scores are then tallied across other MESA community college programs and ranked.


The goal is to expand the contest to more MESA community college centers each year and build a healthy level of competition between campuses to maintain or gain the title.


“This is a productive and educational way to instill team building and competition among MESA centers and individual students,” said Juanita Muñiz-Torres, MESA Statewide Director of Programs.


MESA is an award-winning academic enrichment program that provides educationally disadvantaged students with the tools to earn bachelor’s degrees in math-based fields. With tutoring, mentoring, study sessions, transfer counseling and study centers, MESA provides an environment that allows students to succeed and navigate the transfer system more easily.


MESA has programs in 36 community colleges. Ninety-nine percent of community college MESA students go on to four-year colleges as math-based majors.


For more information about LMC’s MESA Program, visit www.losmedanos.edu/mesa or contact Nicole Trager at 925-473-7682.


To learn about the national program, visit www.mesa.ucop.edu or on Twitter @MESASTEM.






Los Medanos College (LMC) is one of three colleges in the Contra Costa Community College District. LMC prepares students to excel and succeed economically, socially and intellectually in an innovative, engaging and supportive learning environment. It provides quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities to serve the needs of a rapidly growing and changing East County while enhancing the quality of life of the diverse communities it serves. LMC is located on 120 acres between Pittsburg and Antioch, with an additional education center in Brentwood.