Two championship academic competitions in one day proved no problem for some students at Barrington High School.
On Friday, May 2, a handful of students at the school participated in a regional computer programming competition at Fitchburg State University in the morning and then drove to the New England Math Championship in Canton, Mass. in the afternoon. Barrington’s computer programming team finished in first place, while the math team finished fifth in the medium school division.
“I was very pleased with our finish this year,” said Barrington High School math team coach Bob Marley. “I know the students were tired after competing at the computer science contest earlier in the day. I talked with the students after the competition and we decided that we are going to change our preparation for next year. We typically wait until the end of the year to practice for the New England Competition. Next year we are going to do New England level questions throughout the school year. ”
At the math regionals, Barrington finished behind first place Choate Rosemary Hall, Weston High School (Mass.), Canton High School (Mass.) and Bedford High School (Mass.)
A total of 48 teams from all over New England participated in the regional championship, including 15 in the medium school division.
“My goal was to finish in the top 5. Unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of time to prepare for the New England competition this year. The students were so busy with other activities,” Mr. Marley said.
“Also it is hard to compete with some of the boarding schools that practice after dinner a few times per week, or some of the schools that have a math enrichment class that meets during the school day. For example, I know Canton High School has a math enrichment class where the students prepare for math competitions.”
The Barrington High School math team has compiled an impressive record at New Englands over the years — the Eagles won the competition in 2006 and has finished no lower than sixth place since 2010. Barrington has also dominated in-state competition for a number of years.
“This team had a great year and I am very proud of them. They continued our five-year undefeated streak in the Rhode Island Math League and they solidified our ranking as a top 10 school in New England,” Mr. Marley said.
The Barrington High School math team is led by seniors Cassidy Laidlaw and Jusung Han, juniors Matthew Lamontagne, Teddy Ni and Adam Kelly and freshman William Yao. There are about 30 total members of the team each year.