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Up-and-coming sophomore Rachel Spear was recently invited to The Advantage Testing Foundation 2019 Math Prize for R. Spear  Girls Competition based on her performance on the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 10 test last school year.

This is the largest math prize for girls in the world. Each fall at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), nearly 300 young female mathematicians compete in the challenging test of mathematical creativity and insight. The goal is to promote gender equity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professions and to encourage young women with exceptional potential to become mathematical and scientific leaders.

Miss Spear will compete on Sunday, Oct. 13, where Math Prize for Girls will hold their 11th annual Math Prize for Girls Competition, marking the ninth year at MIT. Most contestants, including Miss Spear, will go to Cambridge for the weekend, take part in pre-contest games night, and celebrate their accomplishments at an awards ceremony featuring a keynote address from a celebrated figure in math, science, or technology.

Last school year, Miss Spear was the first-place winner at Seneca Valley in the Mathematical Association of America’s (MAA) AMC 10. Her high score also qualified her to take the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME).