In October, senior Olivia Xu placed seventh out of 262 contestants in the Math Prize for Girls competition, the highest placement in the school’s history. As one of the top 44 in the competition, she also was invited to participate in the Math Prize Olympiad, where she earned a bronze medal for placing in the top 20. Xu also participated in the Math Prize for Girls last year, placing 11th.
Math Prize for Girls was founded in 2009 by businessman Arun Alagappan (pictured) to encourage interest in mathematics among young women. The competition is organized each year by the Advantage Testing foundation and held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It includes a game night and a tour of the MIT campus.