Taft's mathletes are in fine form sitting in third place with the end of the annual New England Mathematics League (NEML) competition in sight. NEML hosts monthly problem-solving competitions between October and March of each school year; close to 150 schools throughout New England are competing this time around.
Each event challenges competitors with a set of six problems of increasing complexity. Students work individually to solve those problems, earning one point for each correct answer. With the first five events in the competitive season under their belts, Team Taft has accumulated 139 points, positioning them third behind Philips Academy (147) and Boston Latin (140) in the approximately 150-school field. Taft leads peer schools, including Hotchkiss and St. Paul's, by more than 20 points.
In the individual competition, Taft's Zhiyuan (Leo) Li '19 is in first place with 30 cumulative points, which represents a perfect score across all five events. Benjamin Le '21 sits among the third highest scorers, with 28 cumulative points.
Earlier this year, mathletes traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts to compete in the prestigious Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament (HMMT), one of the largest high school mathematics competitions in the world. The tournament draws close to 1,000 students from around the globe, including top scorers from national and international math olympiads. Taft, competing as the Galois Group, finished sixth in the prestigious "Guts" round.
With five of six events complete in the 2017-18 New England Math League Competition, here is a look at Taft's performance, and that of our peer schools:
1st place, Philips Andover, 147 points
3rd place, Taft School, 139
11th place, Hotchkiss School, 118
22nd place, St. Paul's, 105
29th place, Kent School, 100
Top Individual Cumulative Performances:
1st place, Zhiyuan (Leo) Li, Taft School, 30 points (perfect score)
3rd place, Benjamin Li, Taft School, 28 points