OHS M3 team wins honorable mention

A team of students from Orono High School received an honorable mention in the Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge 2017. It is believed that this is the farthest an OHS team has ever gone in the competition.

Team members were Andy Baran, Alex Berger, Olivia Eriksson, Ben Greiber and Tate Welty.

Of the 1,121 papers submitted in this year’s challenge, the OHS team was one of 78 to receive an honorable mention award. Only 8 percent of the submitted papers were selected for recognition.
The M3 Challenge spotlights applied mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool and as a viable and exciting profession. The specific real-world problem that is posed each year was unknown to participants until they logged in during Challenge Weekend (Feb. 24-27).

The challenge is entirely Internet-based. Once the problem is downloaded, the team’s 14-hour clock starts and it cannot be paused. Teams can work from any location they choose and can use any free and publicly available resources, but they cannot discuss any aspect of the problem with, or seek help from, their coach or anyone other than their teammates via any medium.

More than 225 Ph.D.-level applied mathematicians served as judges throughout three rounds of judging.

With an honorable mention, the OHS team received a scholarship prize of $1,000 to be divided equally among members and paid directly to the colleges or universities at which they ultimately enroll.

OHS mathematics teacher Michelle Swenson was the team’s coach this year.