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Grosse Pointe North student wins Lawrence Tech math competition

Release Date: May 29, 2008

Southfield, Mich.   Matthew Vengalil, a tenth-grader at Grosse Pointe North High School, has won the 39th annual Lawrence Tech High School Mathematics Competition.

More than 50 top mathematics students in southeastern Michigan competed for prizes of U.S. Savings Bonds in one of America’s longest-running high school mathematics competitions.

Lawrence Tech’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department hosted the competition, and   Professor Michael Merscher authored the test that covered high school mathematics up to but not including calculus. No calculators were allowed, so mathematical competence and creativity were required to answer the challenging questions.

The other winners were:

Second Place:Ram Bhaskar, 10th Grade, International Academy, Bloomfield Hills.

Third Place: Robin He, 10th Grade, Huron High School, Ann Arbor.

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically): Randy Jia, 9th Grade, Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills; Mason Liang, 9th Grade, Troy High School; and Sudharshan Mohanram, 11th Grade, Novi High School.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers over 80 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.