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IMSA Team Receives Highest Ranking in World Math Competition

himcm2014small.jpgA team of IMSA students was named an Outstanding Finalist, the highest ranking possible, in the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM) worldwide math competition. Out of 671 teams IMSA finished among the top 9, which marked the 9th time in the last 10 years that an IMSA team has achieved the highest possible ranking.

The HiMCM is a 36-hour contest held by The Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP), in which each team is given a mathematical modeling problem to solve, and then submit a paper discussing their solution to the problem,. Though the international competition is rapidly growing, with more than twice as many teams competing this year compared to five years ago, IMSA has continued to reach the rank of Oustanding Finalist. IMSA’s winning team this year consisted of Jason Chen of Dunlap, Kushagra Gupta of Crystal Lake, Paul Nebres of Naperville, and Pranav Sivakumar of Tower Lakes.

“We are proud of Jason, Kushagra, Paul, and Pranav for this remarkable achievement, and also our dedicated faculty, who have helped the Academy stay at the top of this worldwide competition,” said IMSA President Dr. José M. Torres.

Outstanding teams will have their solution papers (or their solution abstracts) published in COMAP’s Consort newsletter, among other places.  More information on the contest can be found at

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (