MLWGS Math Modeling Team Places Third in Nation

A team of five seniors from Maggie Walker took third place and won $10,000 in scholarship money in this year's Moody's Mega Math Challenge, which took place in New York City on April 28.

The five team members are all seniors from Chesterfield County: Susan Ballentine, Will Farmer, Ashish Makadia, Cody Talmadge, and Eric Tyler. They are members of the Math Modeling class taught by Dr. John Barnes.

“The students especially enjoyed this competition because it gave them a chance to apply mathematics to an important real-world topic,” said teacher and coach John Barnes. “The students had 14 hours to complete their research and model proposal, and they really gave it their best effort.”

The problem presented in the challenge involved US Census figures, including making recommendations for undercount adjustment and for apportioning US House of Representatives. A total of 531 high school teams submitted papers, and six teams were chosen to present their results in New York City for the top prizes.

More information about the competition may be found at http://m3challenge.siam.org/
 Photos: Above:  MLWGS Math Team recives $10,000 Prize.  Ben Fusaro of FSU(Center) with the team.  Below:  Susan Ballentine explains their team's solution to the census problem to The Moody's Corporation CEO Raymond McDaniel, Jr. Click here to see more photos.