State: Rhode Island
Alumni Years: 2006-2009
Participated In: MATHCOUNTS Competition Series
Current School: Dartmouth College
Why He's Awesome: Max continuted to pursue extracurricular math after his MATHCOUNTS days. He was a member (and later president) of his high school's math team, competing in the Rhode Island Math League and qualifying for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME). Max also was a lab intern in the engineering division of a conservation consulting group, where he designed his own experiment. In addition to his STEM activities, Max is a successful bass player for 2AM—a rock/jazz/funk/reggae band he started with his brother and friend when he was in middle school.
Learning about the incredible order of nature that could be described by math was fascinating. I had always been good at math, and been placed in advanced math courses, but my deep exploration of math during MATHCOUNTS practices made math into a passion for me, rather than simply a tool. MATHCOUNTS practice was an infectious environment of intellectual curiousity where I not only competed against my classmates, but also genuinely strove for deeper understanding of math, fueled by the entire group's enthusiasm.