Did you know that 27 is a perfect cube? If so, then you should check out the High School Mathematics contest at Westmont this weekend. In its 27th year (do you notice a pattern?), the event will see nearly 100 area students flex their left-brain skills as they vie for awards in a Chalk Talk Derby, whose topic is cubics; written exams; and a team competition à la the College Bowl TV show, replete with buzzers. “I’m most excited about seeing high-quality students interacting in a friendly but competitive setting,” said Westmont mathematics professor Russell Howell. Participants come from 10 schools, including Bishop Diego, Cate, Dos Pueblos, Dunn School, San Marcos, Santa Barbara, and Thatcher. The Awards Banquet is at 5:30 p.m. in the Founders Room of the Ruth Kerr Memorial Student Center. The event takes place Saturday, February 8, 1-5 p.m., Winter Hall, Westmont, 955 La Paz Rd. Call 565-6178 for more information.