Barrington High School math team wins state title

Members of the state champion Barrington High School math team pose with the trophy. Members of the state champion Barrington High School math team pose with the trophy.

Members of the state champion Barrington High School math team pose with the trophy.

Members of the state champion Barrington High School math team pose with the trophy.

The team of Cassidy Laidlaw, Teddy Ni, Matthew Lamontagne, Adam Kelly, Jusung Han and William Yao paced Barrington High School to its fifth straight state championship on Wednesday, April 9.

The local students scored 143 points at the state finals, topping second place Bishop Hendricken, which finished with 120 points, and third place South Kingstown, which scored 117 points.

The state championship highlighted an impressive run for Barrington High School. Over the last five years, Barrington teams have compiled a perfect 83-0 record against Rhode Island competition. Local students have also captured 14 of the last 16 state titles and built a 16-year record of 238-10-2.

Barrington High School math teacher Robert Marley coaches the team, and was quick to credit contributions from a number of students in addition to the top six competitors.

“The math team had over 30 students participate this year,” Mr. Marley wrote in a recent email. “The following students made valuable contributions to the team and participated at all of our competitions: Miguel Gozalo, Kieran McGartoll, Brian McGartoll, Gerald Guerrieri, Haley Wohlever, Lucy Schwartz, Vivian Tian, Colin Patton, Sahil Mishra, CeeCee Sheng, Eli Shea, and Michael Chung.”

The state finals featured the top 10 schools competing in eight rounds of subject matter that ranged from arithmetic, probability, statistics, algebra, trigonometry and geometry. The competition also featured a relay round and a team round.

Barrington High School senior Cassidy Laidlaw, who recently finished second at the Who Wants to Be a Mathematician contest, received a perfect score at the math state finals.

Next up for the local math standouts is a regional math team championship in Canton, Mass. on May 2.

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