Missouri Southern State University achieved a perfect score and tied for first place with Washington University in St. Louis – a traditional powerhouse in the competition, having won 13 of the last 21 contests – during the 21st annual Missouri Collegiate Mathematics Competition, held April 7-8 in St. Joseph.

The winning schools, led by Missouri Southern, included: 3rd Place: Missouri Academy; 4th Place: Washington University in St. Louis; 5th Place: Truman State University; 6th Place: Truman State University; 7th Place: Saint Louis University; 8th Place: William Jewell College

It’s a big win, Math Department faculty members say, given the dominance shown by the other institutions over the years. MSSU has never before placed above the top one-third of competitors.

“There has never been a perfect score in the history of the competition,” says Dr. Rich Laird, professor of mathematics at MSSU. “This tie is sort of like our football team beating the Chiefs.”

The 2016 first-place Missouri Southern State University team consisted of: Andrew Stokes, senior math major; Sam Heil, a dual credit home schooled student; Keith Geller, junior math major.

For more information about the contest, visit the Missouri Collegiate Mathematics Competition website at www.math-cs.ucmo.edu/~hchen/contest/archive.html.