High school students offer recycling solutions for a possible share of $115,000
55 teams identified to receive scholarship prizesAPRIL 8, 2013
Philadelphia, PA--Consider it a 30-million-ton problem. Of the nearly 300 million tons of plastic produced around the world each year, over 30 million winds up as plastic waste.
Quantifying this waste, coming up with the best methods for U.S. cities to recycle it, and recommending guidelines for nationwide recycling standards was the task faced by the nearly 6,000 U.S. high school students who competed in Moody's Mega Math Challenge in early March.
After the students were done with their part, contest judges-- more than 150 professional applied mathematicians from all over the country--did some quantifying of their own, whittling down the original 1,054 submissions to the top papers worthy of recognition.
Of the initial submissions, 175 papers advanced to the second round of judging that took place in Philadelphia this past weekend, where judges identified 55 teams that will receive a share of the $115,000 in scholarship prizes offered by the contest's sponsor, The Moody's Foundation. This includes the top six teams, which will square off against one another on April 29 in the final phase of the contest where they will present their findings to a panel of judges who will determine the final rank order.
The annual applied math contest is organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and requires high school students to use hard numbers and objective evaluations to come up with solutions for a very pertinent issue. One of the goals of the contest, now in its eighth year, is to inspire future scientists and engineers to careers in applied math, economics, and finance.
The Finalist teams, or top six overall –listed below in alphabetical order-- will receive scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 based on their final rank order.
Evanston Township High School, Team #1497, Evanston, Illinois; Coach: Mark Vondracek
Montgomery Blair High School, Team #1356, Silver Spring, Maryland; Coach: David Stein
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Team #2035, Durham, North Carolina; Coach: Daniel Teague
North Penn High School, Team #1851, Lansdale, Pennsylvania; Coach: Dianne Wakefield
T.R. Robinson High School, Team #1370, Tampa, Florida; Coach: Judi Charley-Sale
Wayzata High School, Team #2559, Plymouth, Minnesota; Coach: Thomas Kilkelly
Semi-Finalist prizes are awarded to teams whose papers underwent in-depth discussion and are deemed of exceptional quality by judges. Listed below in alphabetical order, they will receive prizes of $1,500 each:
Cape Elizabeth High School, Team #2228, Elizabeth, Maine; Coach: Chris Hayward
Career Center, Team #2380, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Coach: Ann Newsome
Nashoba Regional High School, Team #1274, Bolton, Massachusetts; Coach: Mary Redford
The Charter School of Wilmington, Team #1501, Wilmington, Delaware; Coach: Regina Fody
West Windsor-Plainsboro North, Team #1458, Plainsboro, New Jersey; Coach: Tim Cornell
West Windsor-Plainsboro North, Team #1499, Plainsboro, New Jersey; Coach: Tim Cornell
Teams from the following 43 schools, listed in alphabetical order, are recognized with Honorable Mention distinction. Prizes of $1,000 each will be awarded to each team for noteworthy submissions:
Bergen County Academies, Team #2141, Hackensack, New Jersey
Brookville Junior Senior High School, Team #1701, Brookville, Pennsylvania
Catonsville High School, Team #1606, Catonsville, Maryland
Choate Rosemary Hall, Team #1500, Wallingford, Connecticut
Columbus North High School, Team #2168, Columbus, Indiana
Delbarton School, Team #1519, Morristown, New Jersey
Dulaney High School, Team #1477, Timonium, Maryland
Eastern Regional High School, Team #1523, Voorhees, New Jersey
Eastside High School, Team #1724, Gainesville, Florida
Gahanna Lincoln High School, Team #1705, Gahanna, Ohio
Glastonbury High School, Team #2291, Glastonbury, Connecticut
Governor Livingston High School, Team #1745, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
High Technology High School, Team #1770, Lincroft, New Jersey
Holmdel High School, Team #2513, Holmdel, New Jersey
Hopkins School, Team #2313, New Haven, Connecticut
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Team #2131, Aurora, IllinoisJ.R. Masterman Demonstration School, Team #1785, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
John Jay Senior High School, Team #1632, Hopewell Junction, New York
Lakeview High School, Team #2292, Battle Creek, Michigan
Maple Grove Senior High, Team #1392, Maple Grove, Minnesota
Matawan Regional High School, Team #1626, Aberdeen, New Jersey
Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Team #1608, Flourtown, Pennsylvania
Nonnewaug High School, Team #2294, Woodbury, Connecticut
North Allegheny Senior High, Team #2423, Wexford, Pennsylvania
North Hills Senior High School, Team #2065, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
North Oconee High School, Team #2497, Bogart, Georgia
Panther Creek High School, Team #2078, Cary, North Carolina
Pickerington High School North, Team #2107, Pickerington, Ohio
Pine View School, Team #1408, Osprey, Florida
Princeton High School, Team #1383, Princeton, New Jersey
Rutgers Preparatory School, Team #2086, Somerset, New Jersey
Signature School, Team #1628, Evansville, Indiana
Silver Lake Regional High School, Team #1424, Kingston, Massachusetts
St. Charles Preparatory School, Team #1446, Columbus, Ohio
Staples High School, Team #1926, Westport, Connecticut
The Academy of Science, LCPS , Team #1639, Sterling, Virginia
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Team #2130, Alexandria, Virginia
Toms River High School East, Team #1353, Toms River, New Jersey
Union County Magnet High School, Team #1967, Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Walter Payton College Prep, Team #2192, Chicago, Illinois
Westfield High School, Team #2446, Westfield, New Jersey
Wilson High School, Team #2576, West Lawn, Pennsylvania
Winchester High School, Team #1634, Winchester, Massachusetts
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About the Sponsor
The Moody's Foundation is a charitable foundation established by Moody's Corporation. Moody's is committed to supporting education, in particular the study of mathematics, finance and economics. The Foundation also funds specific initiatives in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, civic and economic development programs. These programs are primarily located in New York City. Grants are also made in San Francisco, California, San Francisco, California; West Chester, Pennsylvania; and London, England.
Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The Corporation, which reported revenue of $2.3 billion in 2011, employs approximately 6,000 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 28 countries. Further information is available at www.moodys.com.
About the Organizer
The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an international society of more than 14,000 individual members, including applied and computational mathematicians and computer scientists, as well as other scientists and engineers. Members from more than 100 countries are researchers, educators, students, and practitioners in industry, government, laboratories, and academia. The Society, which also includes nearly 500 academic and corporate institutional members, serves and advances the disciplines of applied mathematics and computational science by publishing a variety of books and prestigious peer-reviewed research journals, by conducting conferences, and by hosting activity groups in various areas of mathematics. SIAM provides many opportunities for students including regional sections and student chapters. Further information is available at www.siam.org.
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