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Friday, April 22, 2016

Flatbush Math Team Goes to Yale

On Sunday April 3, the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School Math Team being Max Edeson (Captain), Chiya Abramowitz, Jacques Mosseri, Alan Frastai, Abe Madeb, and Yaron Sternberg travelled to Yale University under the supervision of our coach Mrs. Shulman. We travelled to Yale to participate in the Math Majors of America Tournament for High Schools (MMATHS). The Jewish students of Yale were kind enough to organize a second tournament date on Sunday in the Slifka center so that Jewish high school students could also participate, as normally the tournament is only held on Saturday for thousands of students across the country. The Saturday tournament was held in Yale University, Columbia University and the University of Miami for non-Jewish students.
We got up bright and early at 7:30am to travel to Yale for the tournament at 9:30am. There we met the students from Frisch and Kushner’s math team and had a nice breakfast. After breakfast the tournament was under way with the individual rounds in which every student took a test of very difficult word problems on various subjects of Math. Following the individual round we were served a nice lunch from Yale and were given the opportunity to visit the Yale bookstore. After the individual rounds was the tie-breaker round for the top scorers and the mixer round where all the other students were placed on teams of mixed schools to get acquainted with one another and socialize. Yaron Sternberg’s team was the winner of the mixer round.
After the Mixer Round came the Team Rounds were schools went head to head answering similar difficult questions in groups of three. Finally the results of the day were given in the awards ceremony: Max Edeson received a medal for being one of the top scorers of the day in the individual round. Thank You to Mrs. Shulman and the students at Yale for making this amazing opportunity possible as well as Dr. Goldberg for training us for the event. ~ Max Edeson, Class of 2016