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High school students offer recycling solutions for a possible share of $115,000

55 teams identified to receive scholarship prizes

APRIL 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, Illinois

J.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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