April 12, 2016 —
Weird Town uses three types of currencies: Cons, Flegs, and Leus. If 3 Leus are equal to 9 Cons, and 2 Cons are equal to 4 Flegs, how many Flegs are equal to 5 Leus?
Glens Falls High School Mathletes have solved problems like these (the answer is 30, by the way) to finish in second place this year in the WWSC (Warren, Washington and Saratoga County) math league. There were nine local teams that competed. Junior Willy Herrmann was the season's top scorer, with senior Liam Forbes finishing second, and sophomore Nolan Hogan placing third.
Glens Falls’ 37 Mathletes were coached this year by GFHS math teacher Tom Barrows. The season consisted of five math meets which started in November and went through March. At the meets, students work individually on the questions and are given 17 minutes to complete the first set of three questions. Papers are then collected and graded by the team's math coach while students work on the second set of questions.
Students do not know the questions in advance of a meet, and they look like this:
GFHS Mathlete team members include: Sean Ash, Nora Borgos, Greyson Brady, Michael Chevalier, Emma Coyner, Gabby Davis, Emily Derrick, Summer Dillon, Frankie Endieveri, Liam Forbes, Khaz Gunnawa, Emily Hammond, Jacob Harmon, Sam Hawkins, Laura Hendley, Willy Herrmann, Nolan Hogan, David Jenkins, Luke Kelly, Kayla Lugo, Peter Mauro, Reese McClements, Haylee Mello, Jaquelin Mignot, Austin Montello, Justin Nolan, Matt Parent, Hannah Pettis, Michael Schrammel, Clay Smith, Olivia Southworth, Andrew Stamatel, Henry Vanderminden, Jacob West, Kellen Wolfe, Taylor Wooley, and Owen Wright.