Boston University Academy Student Awarded $20,000 for First Place in Math Competition

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(Boston) – Boston University Academy (BUA) student and Lexington resident Elizabeth Synge won $20,000 for first place in the Advantage Testing Foundation’s Math Prize for Girls competition held at New York University on November 14, 2009. With an additional $23,000 in prize money for nine other top performers, the Math Prize for Girls represents the world’s largest math award exclusively for young women in high school. 237 girls from across the nation participated in the competition which featured an exam consisting of 20 complex problems covering algebra, geometry, trigonometry, combinatorics, and number theory.

“It is very rewarding to see Elizabeth excel and represent BUA in a competition that aims to advance the educational opportunities for women in mathematics,” said BUA Head of School James Berkman.

Synge, who has been participating in similar competitions since age eleven, is currently a junior at BUA. She recently competed at the 2009 China Girls Mathematical Olympiad (CGMO) where she received a silver medal. The CGMO, like the Advantage Testing Foundation’ Math Prize for Girls, provides an opportunity to encourage young women to study mathematics and to work with others who are enthusiastic about developing their mathematical skills.

Boston University Academy is a coeducational day school for students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1993, the Academy offers a “ceilingless” educational experience, one in which students’ zeal for learning takes them as far as they are capable. Academy students may begin taking courses at Boston University In their junior year, earning college credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit