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Angela Deng ’17 took second place at the recent Math Prize for Girls competition, winning a cash prize of $7,500. Deng was one of 14 winners out of more than 270 contestants.

The Math Prize for Girls, sponsored by the Advantage Testing Foundation, is an annual competition for high school girls and offers the largest monetary math prize for girls in the world. This year’s contest was held on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The goal of the contest is to encourage young women with exceptional potential to become the mathematical and scientific leaders of tomorrow. Deng “[has] already demonstrated such tremendous promise at a young age,” says Mary O’Keeffe, co-organizer of the contest.

Deng, a Cary, NC, resident, received honorable mention in the contest in 2014 and 2012. In 2011, as a seventh grader, she was the youngest contestant to compete after qualifying based on her performance on the AMC 10 pre-qualifying exam.