Barrington students win URI’s 10th annual Calc-Bowl math competition—once again

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KINGSTON, R.I., April 11, 2016—For the second year in a row, a team of Barrington high school math whizzes has won the annual Calc-Bowl math contest at the University of Rhode Island.

The first-place winners of Barrington’s “Integr8” were Jonny Zhang, Daniel Sheinberg, Andrew Sheinberg, Michael Lamontagne and Connor McGartoll.

The Wheeler School’s “Team Extrema” in Providence won second place with team members Matt Sawoski, Alex Homer and Ben Homer.

Coventry High School’s “Dream Team” and Naval Academy Prep School’s “I 8 Sigma Pie” in Newport tied for third place. Dan Felkel, Trevor Campbell and Caitlin Bolger were on the Coventry team. Connor Caniglia, Karita Ford, Jordan Agosta, Sophie Otto and Sean Bernstel were on the Naval Prep team.

This year’s Calc-Bowl featured 16 teams of 75 high school students answering pre-calculus and calculus questions for nearly two hours on the Kingston campus. The event is hosted by URI’s Department of Mathematics.

URI Mathematics Professor Li Wu says the event highlights the excellent math department at URI and gives high school students a chance to excel in a college setting. Winnie Brownell, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, says the event was a success.

“We are delighted to host so many talented students from 16 high schools throughout the state to the 10th annual URI Calc Bowl,” says Brownell. “The students work on teams to answer challenging calculus questions in just seconds. Watching their talent, energy, collaboration and speed amazes those of us who have watched the competition. I appreciate the efforts of our faculty in mathematics to make this event possible. These students are a great fit for our state’s flagship research University, and we hope they will consider URI when they choose the university they plan to attend.”

Wu organizes the competition with her colleagues Professors Tom Bella, Lubos Thoma, James Baglama and Vasiilije Perovic. Sponsors were Belmont Fruit Market, Pi Mu Epsilon, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the URI Foundation, the URI Math Department and Wiley publishing.

The top teams won gift certificates to the URI bookstore.

Pictured above: URI Dean of Arts & Sciences, Winifred Brownell, left, with the winning team from the 2016 URI CalcBowl, Barrington High School seniors, l-r, Conor McGartoll, Jonny Zhang, Andrew Sheinberg, Michael Lamontagne, Daniel Sheinberg.

The Smithfield High School team, “Unbound Behavior,” in yellow T-shirts, prepares for the preliminary round of the URI CalcBowl.

Photos by: Michael Salerno Photography