Students from Missouri Southern achieved a perfect score and tied for first place during the 21st annual Missouri Collegiate Mathematics Competition, held April 7-8 at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.

Team members are required to solve complex math problems during the annual competition.

Team members are required to solve complex math problems during the annual competition.

The MSSU team tied with a team from Washington University in St. Louis. The score is the first perfect score and the first tie for first place in the 21-year history of the competition. This year also marks the first time MSSU has ever placed among the top three winners at the event.

The 2016 first-place Missouri Southern State University team (Team A) consisted of:

Andrew Stokes, senior math major, Carl Junction

Sam Heil, a dual credit home-schooled student, Joplin

Keith Geller, junior math major, Neosho

Two other teams from MSSU also participated during the competition.

Team B
Maxwell Murphy, senior physics major, Joplin
Cori Smith, junior math and physics dual major, Joplin
Ben Starkey, senior physics major, Webb City

Team C
Connor Ames, junior physics major, Webb City
Marcus Clouse, senior math major, Joplin
Taylor Gregory-Sweet, senior chemistry major, Webb City

The students were accompanied by Dr. Rich Laird, professor of mathematics, and Dr. Grant Lathrom, associate professor of mathematics

The Missouri Collegiate Mathematics Competition is a team event open to any college or university in the state. The contest consists of challenging mathematical problems, comparable but slightly less difficult than the nationally-known Putnam Exam. The competition is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America.