Barrington High School student will compete in national math contest


Barrington High School junior Cassidy Laidlaw is one of 10 students nationwide that have selected to compete for $10,000 in the 2013 national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.

Cassidy was selected for the national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician based on his score on a qualifying test with questions on algebra, trigonometry, probability, and math history, which was administered by high school math teachers nationwide, according to a press release from the American Mathematical Society.

This is the fourth year for the national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician contest. The AMS has been doing regional contests at universities and science centers from Boston to Hawaii since 2001. In the contest’s history, nearly 600 students have won over $250,000 in cash and prizes and have been cheered on by approximately 20,000 classmates.

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician is part of the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, attended by more than 6000 mathematicians. The top prize is $5000 for the winner and $5000 for the math department of the winner’s school. A senior (at the time) from Barrington, Stephen Lamontagne, was a runner-up in the 2012 contest held in Boston.

Cassidy is a runner at Barrington High School and plays jazz and classical piano. Cassidy can’t wait until he can start doing research in artificial intelligence. One of his favorite things about school is having AHA! moments when something difficult becomes clear.

The competition will be held at the San Diego Convention Center on Jan. 10, 2013.

To hear a podcast interview with Cassidy, click here.




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