Barrington boasts math league state champs ... again!


The Barrington High School math team made it four-in-a-row after outscoring nine other high school teams in the Rhode Island Math League state finals on Wednesday night, April 10.

The Eagles, paced by team members Jack Liang, Hans Wang, Sofia Serrano, Cassidy Laidlaw, Matthew Lamontagne and Teddy Ni, finished with 144 points. Second place East Greenwich had 126 points and third place Wheeler finished with 113 points.

The victory helped Barrington cement its reputation as the premier high school math league program in the state and one of the best in the region.

Over the last four years, Barrington has not lost a single math league competition, running its record to an impressive 67-0. The Eagles also own 13 of the 15 state finals titles and a 15-year record of 222-10-2.

"I am very proud of the team," said BHS math team coach Bob Marley, who is also a math teacher at the high school. "These students are extremely talents. They are highly motivated students that perform at a high level in a number of activities — Science Olympiad, computer science team, music and sports.

"I wish they got the recognition they deserve from the public. Unfortunately, our society values state championships in sports more than they do in academics."

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