FRYEBURG, Maine — Fryeburg Academy successfully defended its Maine State Math Meet title on Tuesday. Ten members of the Fryeburg Gold team attended the annual meet at the Augusta Civic Center, where 888 of the top math students in Pine Tree State were present, representing 96 teams.
The Raiders entered the fray ranked first in Division B and third overall.
The morning rounds consisted of six individual rounds of three questions each, covering a wide variety of math areas, including algebra, geometry, probability and trigonometry. After three rounds, Fryeburg opened a solid lead, leading rival John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, Maine, by 33 points.
After Rounds 4-6, the Fryeburg Gold team came out on top, leading the B division with 509 points out of a possible 720, with John Bapst close on their heels at 495 points.
Awards were presented for the Maine Association of Math Leagues season top scorers.
The season consisted of five monthly math meets from September through March in which all students took identical tests at regional high schools.
Fryeburg co-captain Qia Qia Ji, who was unable to attend the meet, was awarded a silver chalice and $200 as the third place overall mathlete in the state of Maine.
Co-captain Ethan Wang accepted a plaque for Maine's third best math team for all divisions.
Division A schools Bangor High and the Maine School of Science and Math were the first- and second-place schools this year.
Local math phenom Erik Porter led the Fryeburg Gold Team in the morning individual rounds with a score of 68 points, answering 17 out of 18 difficult questions correctly. He placed 10th overall and fifth in the Junior Division. Mike Chen was awarded a state medal as the seventh best junior in the individual morning rounds, with a score of 63 points.
After the awards ceremony, the teams gathered at their assigned tables on the floor of the Civic Center and began the team rounds. The first two rounds were relay rounds, in which each student solved one problem, then passed the answer back to a teammate. This answer, combined with the answer for the next students question was in turn passed back, until a final team answer and all five teammates answers were written on a scorecard.
If the final team answer was correct, the team was given an additional 10 points for the round. The next two rounds consisted of all 10 team members working together on 8 questions in a group setting. The Fryeburg team remained intensely focused and composed for both rounds.
After the dust settled, scores were tabulated and the teams anxiously awaited the results. In Division B, consisting of medium-sized high schools, the Raider cipherers held on to their morning lead and came out on top with a team total of 657 points, 15 points ahead of contender John Bapst. The Fryeburg Gold team was awarded a first place plaque for Division B and a third place plaque for all four divisions combined.
Team members and individual scores were: Erik Porter: 68 points, 10th place overall, Mike Chen: 63 points, 24th place, Ethan Wang: 60 points, 33rd place, Alex Liu: 58 points, 38th place, Jason Huang: 52 points, 58th place, Sindy Du: 52 points, 58th place, Brain Gong: 50 points, 66th place, Su Hyang Oh: 45 points, 92nd place, Lucia Chen: 37 points, 130th place, and Rondo Chang: 24 points, 274th place.
"It was an honor to work with such a talented and ambitious group of students this year," Coach Erik Gustafson stated. "Their hard work, dedication and poise under pressure were rewarded with another State Math Championship title for Fryeburg Academy."
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