Castilleja's "Team Gators" is one of 6 national finalists in the Actuarial Foundation's "Modeling the Future" Challenge. "Team Gators" was created by Reese K. and Niav L., and coached by Mr. Barriger. From a cohort of 52 teams and 139 students across the country, 6 teams have been selected to participate in the Modeling the Future Symposium where they will present their final models for how autonomous vehicles will change the future to a panel of expert judges from the actuarial industry. Reese and Niav have been invited to present their work to a panel of judges in New York in February.
As the Actuarial Foundation stated in their announcement of finalist teams: "A challenge like this requires many levels of analysis and critical thinking that one does not regularly see in the classroom, but that is an everyday aspect of many careers. The Actuarial Foundation hopes that everyone continues to explore new mathematics classes, majors, and ultimately careers using actuarial science!"