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Undefeated IMSA Team Qualifies for National Championship in Interstellar Math Comp

IMSA has qualified for the national championship in the Interstellar online math competition, having gone undefeated so far. IMSA is one of 64 teams in the nation to qualify, and based on the first three weeks of competition, IMSA is ranked 39th in the country.interstellar.jpg

Interstellar is an online academic competition that consists of matches of 10 questions each, which individuals representing different schools compete to solve.  Spectators can watch the matches live on the internet.

Over the last three weeks, IMSA has decisively defeated Barrington, the University of Illinois High School, and Naperville North. On the individual side,  Sophomore Brice Wang is ranked 9th nationally, having correctly answered 29 of the 30 questions he has faced as of  Wednesday November 6.

The IMSA team features seniors Sagar Punhani, Advith Chelikani, Evan Li, and Taylor Herr, Juniors Joanne Lee, Emily Mu, and Jennifer Du, and Sophomores Brice Wang, Emily Jia, Joy Qiu, and Lydia Stone.

The matches can be watched live on the Interstellar site at, with IMSA playing at 7 pm on Thursdays. National Championship play begins the week of the November 11th.