Area high schools compete in math competition

Huntington, Ind.— The semiannual Huntington College High School Mathematics Competition was held April 23, 2002, in the Science Building at Huntington College. Nine area high school teams met to compete for individual and team awards for their demonstration of mathematical ability.

Ben Eggleston, a junior mathematics and accounting major of Elkhart, Ind., coordinated the competition. Dr. Patrick Eggleton, Associate Professor of Mathematics, assisted and supervised. “The goal of the competition is to support and encourage the efforts of students seeking to achieve in mathematics,” said Eggleston.

Competing teams were Adams Central, Ayersville Local Schools, Hamilton Southeastern, KASH (Kokomo Area Schools at Home), Jimtown, Lima Central Catholic, Marion High, North Miami High, and Oak Hill High. Oak Hill took first place with 615 points followed by Hamilton Southeastern with 600 points and Marion with 540 points. Individually, the gold medal went to Angela Smiley of KASH scoring 160 points of a possible 200. The silver medal was awarded to Derek Thompson of Oak Hill with 155 points after a sudden-death tiebreaker with Josh Needler of Oak Hill also scoring 155 points.

The mathematics competition is made up of three rounds. The first round is a 20 question written exam comprised of questions from algebra through calculus. Students can earn a total of 100 points for the exam. The individual round of the competition is made up of 10 questions. Students are given two minutes to complete each question. Questions answered correctly within the first minute award the student with 10 points while questions answered correctly in the second minute receive 5 points. The final round, the team round, provides additional points for the team score. Students are provided with a multi-task problem that is best solved through the cooperative efforts of the team. A total of 50 points is possible for the final round.

Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. US News & World Report ranks Huntington among the Top 10 comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.

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