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Published January 23, 2013, 10:11 AM

Breckenridge senior making math project pay off

Breckenridge, MN (WDAY TV) - A Breckenridge High School student is proving being good at math can pay off - and the payoff is a lot more than just an A.

By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY

Breckenridge, MN (WDAY TV) - A Breckenridge High School student is proving being good at math can pay off - and the payoff is a lot more than just an A.

Young minds and bright ideas are born here. In front stands Mr. Goldade, smearing the board with numbers, hoping the equations sink in faster than time can tick. Sitting in back is Max Schmidt, who finds his advanced math class not so advanced.

Max is a senior at Breckenridge High, but he's working for more than just an A. Max is moving towards a bright future. After aceing his latest Pre-Calc project, others are starting to take notice.

The equation isn’t simple: It’s 2Pi(R)Squared + 2Pi(R). That usually equals the circumference area. This time it was an unexpected grant for the high school.

For decades, it's been done, but this time Nash Finch is paying for a job very well done.

Stan Goldade – Breckenridge Teacher: "When Max reconstructed his can it got shorter, it got wider and he saved about 1.5% of the surface area."

In the end, that could save a manufacturer about 15 cans for every 1,000 down the line.

Max Schmidt – Breckenridge Senior: "When Mr. Hirst called me into his office and showed me the email, I was surprised."

It wasn't just a thank you. Nash Finch also attached a $1,000 check paid in order of Breckenridge High, showing homework really does pay off.

Max Schmidt is in his last semester. He plans on majoring in computer science at the University of Minnesota-Morris.

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