info BCA Math Team

The Bergen County Academies Math Team is one of the strongest math teams in the nation (check Past Results in the News page). The team participates in many math competitions during the year, both locally and across the globe.

The Math Team is open to all middle and high school students, regardless of mathematical ability. For middle schoolers, we have the Junior Math Team, which meets every other Sunday. For students in high school (and some advanced middle schoolers), the Saturday Math Team meets roughly every other Saturday. These meetings will consist of a combination of lectures, actual competitions and practice competitions. A more detailed schedule can be found at the schedule page.

We are also responsible for organizing and running the Joe Holbrook Memorial Math Competition, the largest middle school math competition in Bergen County. For more information, please visit its official website at

If you are currently a BCA freshman or sophomore, please consider the Math Team elective offered by Dr. Abramson. This will be geared towards math competitions.

group Math Team Leadership

Michael Abramson ( Dr. Abramson has been working with the Math Team since 2005. As a student of contest writer Steven Conrad, he was a top-ten finisher on the USAMO, finished second at ARML, and attended the prestigious Math Olympiad Program (MOP) twice as a student and twice as a counselor.
Jonathan Pinyan ( Mr. Pinyan is a 2003 alumnus of the Bergen County Academies, and has taught at the school since 2013. As a member of the BCA Math Team, Mr. Pinyan competed at ARML seven times, took the USAMO five times, and earned a perfect score on the AMC-12 in 2003. After receiving a bachelor's degree from Washington University and a teaching certification from Ramapo, Mr. Pinyan returned to BCA, where he now teaches Structures & Proofs, and Analysis II. He has taught at the BCA summer camp each year since 2008.
Ian Askins Mr. Askins is an alumnus of the Bergen County Academies. He has taught at the summer math camp and worked with the math team since 2014.
Dan Plotnick Mr. Plotnick is a former student of Mr. Holbrook at Freeport High School on Long Island. Dan competed in the early years of ARML and NYSML, attended MOP twice as well as the Hampshire College summer program, and studied mathematics at Harvard College.
Joe Holbrook Joe Holbrook was the original coach of the AAST Math Team, and led it from the school's founding in 1992 until his 2010 death. He remains an inspiration to us all, and we strive to live up to his idea that Math Team is not just for the best, but that all students have something to gain from competition math, and all students are welcome at all math team events, whenever possible.
Student Leaders
Captains: Sameer Pai (, Sunay Joshi (
Webmaster: Daniel Kim (