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Former Math Club Members win Competition

posted Oct 8, 2018, 5:53 PM by Sherri Verbeke

This group (5 former PVHS math club members) competed in Penn State's Nittany AI (Artificial Intelligence) Challenge.  The Nittany AI Challenge offers teams of Penn State students, faculty, and staff the chance to compete for grants totaling $50,000 for developing AI–based solutions that solve real-world problems, improve the student experience at Penn State, and/or generate innovative start-up ideas.

The group of seven, six of whom were Perk Valley graduates, were awarded the top prize of $30,000 for their design of LionPlanner, an #AI #solution that provides intelligent, personalized, and scalable guidance to @penn_state students on the opportunities, including clubs, courses, activities, and electives, available to them. Team members included: Michael RoosQuinn Verbeke, Thanh Tran, Matthew Mancini, Dylan Shoemaker, Christina Warren, and Benjamin Proto.

Matthew Mancini, class of 2016

posted Jan 14, 2018, 6:54 PM by Sherri Verbeke

Matt was one of the most enthusiastic math clubbers who went to all of the Interstellar math competitions in addition to the AMCs and the Lehigh math competition. He now is a sophomore at Penn State studying computer science likely to become a software developer but still not entirely sure. He thinks that math club helped him learn how to approach difficult problems, and that skill is not only applicable to math but also programming. You can contact him at with questions about what to expect when studying computer science.

Raymond Friend, class of 2015

posted Nov 1, 2017, 7:27 AM by Sherri Verbeke   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 7:28 AM ]

Ray competed in many math competitions with PV's math club throughout high school, including Lehigh, Moody's Mega Math Challenge, Interstellar, and AMC & AIME. He now attends Penn State University and majors in Math and Physics as a junior. He plans on attending graduate school for Mathematics to one day become a professor/researcher. He is currently the Vice President of Penn State's Math Club and has participated in the MASS program for two years. Feel free to contact him at if you have any questions about pursuing math throughout college. Raymond also stresses that math shouldn't comprise anyone's entire life... running, music, friends, and lots of other things can be great ways to supplement the hard studying :) (Shoutout to Solomon Barth, Jack Glodek, Yash Singh, Kevin Patel, and lots of other OG math clubbers).

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