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Oaks Christian School's Brandon Flannery Wins at Westmont Math Contest and Aspires to Serve Others
Senior Brandon Flannery won the "Chalk Talk" event at the Westmont College High School Math Contest on the subject of Iterated Functions and Chaos Theory, relating these concepts to practical life, philosophy and even faith.
The next week, he presented his winning Chalk Talk to his fellow Oaks Christian School classmates in Mr. Tim Meinert’s BC Calculus class. He thanks Mr. Meinert for pushing him to be a smarter and more enlightened person and mathematician. Brandon also shared that his love of math also relates to his interest in philosophy and his faith in God. “According to chaos theory, the only way to predict the end of a system is to know the conditions of that system in their entirety,” explains Brandon. “The only way to predict the fate of ourselves is to fully understand ourselves and our conditions. But God is the only one who actually knows us in our entirety; thus, He is the only one who can know what the future holds for us.”
Brandon will continue to study mathematics and chemistry in college at a top university, and is considering medical school as well. He aspires to work in the area of colon cancer research in hopes of discovering a cure for this disease through identifying cancer polyps that are flat and appear as part of the walls of the colon. In addition to his academic pursuits, Brandon played guard and forward for the OCS Boys Varsity Basketball Team that went to CIF playoffs this winter and he found time to create the LifeofHelp.com website to connect students to community service opportunities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Through LifeofHelp.com, Brandon connects students with service opportunities, and the social networking aspect of the site allows students to share their comments and service experiences. “I chose the name, Life of Help, because I think it is important to live a Life of Help and helping others is what Jesus called us to do,” shared Brandon. You can also follow Life of Help on Twitter @lifeofhelp. With his academic excellence, athletic distinction, and dedication to helping others, Brandon exemplifies the OCS school motto: “Minds for leadership and hearts for service.”