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Four AAPS high school students competed recently in the Who Wants to be a Mathematician contest in the Rogel Ballroom of the Michigan Union. The game show included categories such as algebra, trigonometry, geometry, history of mathematics, combinatorics, and probability.
Sponsors of the event include the American Mathematical Society and the University of Michigan math department. The event began with a talk on fractals and fibonacci numbers.
The students included Sanelma Heinonen, Abbey Stepnitz, and Marianne Cowherd of Pioneer High School, and Morgan Borjigin-Wang of Skyline. Besides the prestige of qualifying for the contest, the students won books, shirts, and, according to Pioneer High School math teacher Michele Macke, “nerd fame.”