Taft's mathletes are in fine form sitting in second place halfway through the annual New England Mathematics League (NEML) competition. NEML hosts monthly problem-solving competitions between October and March of each school year; nearly 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 three events in the competitive season under their belts, Team Taft has accumulated 81 points, positioning them second behind Philips Academy in the approximately 150-school field. Taft leads peer schools, including Hotchkiss and Deerfield, by more than 13 points.
In the individual competition, Taft's Zhiyuan (Leo) Li '19 is in a two-way tie for first place with 18 cumulative points, which represents a perfect score across all three events. Benjamin Le '21 sits among the third highest scorers, having earned perfect scores in two of the three competitions.
Earlier this year, mathletes traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts to complete 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.