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Student's math discovery could improve fashion, fight cancer

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A local student has just won an international award for her math skills.

Kylie Zhang is a senior at St. Gregory College Preparatory School who's from China.  She just picked up the gold prize in the contest out of more than 400 teams of students from around the world.

Her project involved 3-D surface fabrication using conformal geometry, and she got help from a professor at State University of New York.

This isn't just math for math's sake.  What she found might lead to better 3-D modeling for toys, better fashion design, and a possible way to fight cancer using highly accurate models of tumors.

Zhang recently presented her project to St. Gregory, where she is president of the math club and active in theater productions.  She also serves as official scorekeeper for the Upper School girls' basketball team.

She encouraged students to pursue their dreams.  "If you love something, don't hesitate. Go for what you want," she said.

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