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ETHS students score in math modeling test

Four teams of Evanston H.S. students earned top rankings in the 2010 COMAP High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM). The contest offers high school students the opportunity to compete in a team setting using mathematics to present solutions to real-world modeling problems. A total of 295 teams representing U.S. and International institutions competed.

Four teams of Evanston H.S. students earned top rankings in the 2010 COMAP High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM). The contest offers high school students the opportunity to compete in a team setting using mathematics to present solutions to real-world modeling problems. A total of 295 teams representing U.S. and International institutions competed.

Teams used mathematical reasoning, modeling and computer-generated algorithms to recommend a solution for one of the contest problems: Bicycle Rental Program or Curbing City Violence. Teams were allowed a consecutive thirty-six hour period in November 2010 to complete the contest problem and prepare the Solution Paper. Papers were submitted to COMAP for judging by a panel of mathematics educators.

ETHS seniors Paul Barnes, Alexander J. Dangel, David Lenz, and Oliver M. Manheim, were members of the team that received the top honor, National Outstanding, for their Solution Paper. The ETHS team shared this rank with only eight other teams, placing Evanston H.S. in the top 3% of all entries. Other top-ranked teams represented high schools in the United States (four teams), a high school in Hong Kong (three teams), and a high school in Shanghai, China (one team). Papers produced by the top nine teams will be published in professional journals that are distributed by COMAP.

Two ETHS teams received Regional Outstanding recognition. Members of these teams were: Elliot Chanen, Gabriel R. Dallas, Joshua D. Isenstein, and Samuel Sagan, all juniors; Matthew Foster, Adam Gwilliam, Caroline Tybout, and Seesha R. Takagishi, all seniors.

Erik M. Baker (junior), Elias Friedman (junior), Judah A. Schvimer (senior), and Sam T. Straus (junior) were members of the ETHS team that received the Meritorious honor. There were nine additional Evanston teams that placed either as honorable mention or successful participants. The coaches for the ETHS teams were Peter D. Decraene, Glenford Gordon and Mark F. Vondracek.

A complete results report may be found on the COMAP website.

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