# Mass Academy Student to Compete in International Math Contest

**Praneet Mekala **a senior at the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at WPI, is one of 12 students selected to compete for $10,000 in the 2019 *Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship* featuring top math students from the US, Canada, and the UK. The contest will be held as part of the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, MD on January 19, and will be webcast live at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) at https://livestream.com/psav/wwtbam2019.

__This is the third time in four years__ that a Mass Academy student has qualified for the championship.

** Fast Facts** about Praneet:

- His favorite thing about school is playing pool with friends.
- Praneet has been to 46 of the 50 states in the US and can’t wait until he can travel the world.
- He won the NSF’s National Science Competition as a 9th grader.

Praneet was selected for the 2019 *Who Wants to Be a Mathematician* *Championship* based on his score on an online qualifying test with questions on algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and probability, which was administered by high school math teachers in the US, Canada, and the UK using Möbius, a product of DigitalEd.

*Who Wants to Be a Mathematician***—Fun to the nth power!**

This is the tenth annual *Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship* contest and the second international version*. *The AMS has been doing regional contests at universities and science centers from Boston to Hawaii since 2001. In the contest’s history, more than 800 students have won over $500,000 in cash and prizes and have been cheered on by over 20,000 classmates.

** **The top prize in the contest is $5,000 for the winner and $5,000 for the math department of the winner’s school.

**Sponsors**

The contest is sponsored by the *Who Wants to Be a Mathematician* *Technology Sponsors* Maplesoft and DigitalEd, the *Online Community Sponsor* Art of Problem Solving, Wolfram Research, the Good Thinking Society, the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), Texas Instruments, John Wiley & Sons, and the AMS.

**Meet the Contestants page:** http://www.ams.org/contestants-2019.

** ****Website**: www.ams.org/wwtbam/