Joplin, MO (SNS) – Students from Missouri Southern State University 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.
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.