Two math teams from Evanston Township High School achieved Finalist and Honorable Mention ranking in the 23rd annual Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP) High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM).
Both ETHS teams submitted papers in the competition, which offers students the opportunity to work on complex, open-ended problems to develop a reasonable solution via a mathematical model. The international contest challenges students, who work in teams of up to four, to use skills and knowledge from math, science and computer science classes in order to develop possible solutions for problems that have no single, correct answer.
The ETHS members of the Finalist team, which ranked in the top eight percent of all submitted papers in the competition: juniors Erin Elliott, Raya Goulding, Sophie Lammers, and Carmen Tracy-Amoroso.
The ETHS members of the Honorable Mention team, which ranked in the top 31 percent of all submitted papers in the competition: seniors Alex Kaiser, Danny Faibishenko, and Astrid Pene.
Each ETHS team constructed solutions after choosing between two problems: how teens could evaluate numerically what 'the best' summer job would be for them; or a model for the best distribution of limited funds to maximize biodiversity conservation.
Both teams will continue to test their math skills by participating in the MathWorks Math Modeling Competition later in the year.