In November, 2014, fifteen Prairie High School students participated in the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM). Last year, all teams received recognition.
This year, we are again extremely pleased with the results! The HiMCM is an international contest sponsored by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications. The contest is also supported by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences.
In the contest the students compete on a team and use applied mathematics to solve a real world problem. Teams have 36 hours to develop their mathematical model and write a paper detailing their methodology, explaining the math model they created, and examining the assumptions their model makes and the accuracy of their model. At the end of their 36 hours they submit their solution paper which is evaluated by a group of experts that rate their work. The results of those ratings were just released.
The team of Austin Schrader, Ben Boldt, Austin Fisher, and Mitch Lorenz earned a Meritorious rating, which places them in the top 25% of the hundreds of entries submitted worldwide. The team of Breanna Dykstra, Hannah Halstead, and Billy Aiello earned Honorable Mention. Two teams were noted as Successful
Participants in this very rigorous contest, they were Kelsey Levi, Jason Niccolls, Katie Gilbertson, and Paul Danker as well as Hailey Moore, Ryan Roltgen, Hannah Gregor, and Calvin Wong.
Special thanks to Dr. Rick Spellerberg from Simpson College and to the Prairie Coaches; Nate Miller, Brooke Silbernagel, and Lori Danker.