Cassidy, who also finished third in the national level of the same competition in January, is a junior at Barrington High School and one of the district’s top performing students in math. He finished third at the Who Wants to Be a Mathematician national competition in January.
For his finish at the state finals, Cassidy won $500 and a graphing calculator, while Classical High School’s Joe Zurier won the event and took home a check for $3,000.
Nine students from across the state battled in the recent competition. They were selected based on their scores on a qualifying test with questions on algebra, trigonometry, probability, and math history, which was administered by Rhode Island high school math teachers.
Following is a complete list of the competitors: Benjamin Bradley, Cumberland High School; Bonirath Chhay, Woonsocket High School; James Chow, North Providence High School; Cassidy Laidlaw, Barrington High School; Dan Liu, Bishop Hendricken High School, Kyle Myerson, Portsmouth High School; Max Saccone, The Wheeler School; Andrea Vuono, The Prout School; Joseph Zurier, Classical High School.