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Gainesville team advances in Moodys Mega Math Challenge
Gainesville High had two teams compete in the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge recently. In the front row, from left, are: Tyra Newton, Michelle Razo, Pratyusha Karnati and Anna Diaz. In the back row are: Umer Khan, Spencer Sumner, mentor Chandra Karnati, Stephen McMarrow and Vraj Patel. Team A, which included Pratyusha Karnati, Anna Diaz, Stephen McMarrow and Vraj Patel was one of 200 teams to advance to the second round out of 1,121 total teams.

Gainesville High School had two teams to compete in the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, a prestigious competition for high school juniors and seniors to develop a mathematical model for a real-world problem.

The challenge posed a real-world problem entirely unknown to the team members and involved extensive research, computational skills, in-depth analysis and communication skills.  Scholarship prizes totaling $150,000 will be awarded to the top teams.

For this year’s challenge, GHS math teams used mathematical models to look into national parks and address climate-related issues. The teams had to finish the project within a 14-hour window and worked continuously for two days to produce their final reports. Team A included Pratyusha Karnati, Anna Diaz, Stephen McMarrow and Vraj Patel. Team B included Tyra Newton, Spencer Sumner, Michelle Razo and Umer Khan. Chandra Karnati, a math teacher at GHS, served as the teams’ mentor.

Team A advanced to the second round of the competition, one of 200 teams out of 1,121 total to advance to the next level. This is the third year in a row that a GHS team has advanced in the competition.