Mass. Academy of Math and Science students excel at international math contest

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Region – A team of students from the Mass. Academy of Math and Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute placed in the top 3 percent at a worldwide, high school math competition in which students used mathematics to solve real-world modeling problems.

The team composed of Dari DeWalt, of Ayer; Isay Katsman and Dan Larrabee, of Shrewsbury; and Joshua Perlmutter, of Holliston, earned meritorious designation by placing in the top 25 percent in the annual High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling, announced the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications.

A total of 671 teams from 151 schools worldwide competed. The teams worked at their schools during a designated 36-hour period after selecting one of two mathematical modeling problems: unloading commuter trains or handling the breakout of a plague.

“The math modeling contest truly supports the mission of Mass Academy,” said Michael Barney, director of the Mass Academy of Math and Science. “It allows students to collaborate and apply their math skills on real-world problems. It brings the subject to life.”