Invitational Math Competition Winners Announced

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WORCESTER, Mass. Eighty-three teams from high schools in four states came to campus on Oct. 24 to take part in the ninth annual WPI Invitational Mathematics Competition. Lexington High School took top honors, Holliston High School came in second (repeating its 1995 second-place finish), and a team from the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science at WPI, which was second in 1994 and 1995, took third place this year.

Yuen-Jong Liu of Lexington High School was awarded a $3,000 scholarship for achieving the highest individual score in the competition. Johnny Kuan of Randolph High School won a $2,000 scholarship for his second-place finish and Richard Bernstein of Holliston High School received a $1,500 scholarship as the third-highest individual scorer.

Members of the winning teams are:

  • Lexington High School: Aaron Adler, Timothy Dunn, Peter Litwick and Yuen-Jong Liu. Saleh Rahman served as advisor.
  • Holliston High School: Richard Bernstein, Michael Jackson, Christopher Maloof and Matthew Martinez. Ray Gouley was the faculty advisor.
  • Massachusetts Academy: Lucas Finn, a junior from Westborough, Mass., who formerly attended Westborough High School; Steven Hsu, a senior from Holden, Mass., who formerly attended Wachusett Regional High School; Jamie Rasmussen, a senior from Hopedale, Mass., who formerly attended Hopedale High School; and Dan Rosenblum, a junior from Ashland, Mass., who formerly attended Ashland High School.

The competition tests individuals and teams with interesting and challenging questions that are based on the secondary mathematics curriculum up to but not including calculus. Calculators are not permitted. The top scorer in each team (who did not place first, second or third overall), received a $1,000 WPI scholarship. Each team also received a score that was a composite of the individual scores and the score for the team round.

While the teams were competing, the advisors attended a presentation titled "Mathematical Discovery" by Peter Christopher, associate professor of mathematical sciences. In addition to Lexington, Holliston and Mass. Academy, the following teams distinguished themselves in the competition:

  • 4th: Cranston (R.I.) High School West
  • 5th: Randolph (Mass.) High School
  • 6th: Toll Gate High School, Warwick, R.I.
  • 7th: Weston (Mass.) High School
  • 8th: Sandwich (Mass.) High School
  • 9th: New Bedford (Mass.) High School
  • 10th: Haverhill (Mass.) High School
  • 11th: Old Rochester Regional High School, Mattapoisett, Mass.
  • 12th: North Andover (Mass.) High School
  • 13th Westborough (Mass.) High School
  • 14th: Manchester (Conn.) High School
  • 15th: Brockton (Mass.) High School