Kokomo Area Schools at Home win high school mathematics competition


HUNTINGTON, IN The semiannual Huntington College High School Mathematics Competition took place Friday, April 19, 2002 in the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington College. Six area high school teams met to compete for individual and team awards for their demonstration of mathematical ability. The teams were comprised of Ayersville Local Schools of Defiance, Ohio, Huntington North High of Huntington, KASH (Kokomo Area Schools at Home) of Kokomo, Marion High of Marion, North Miami High of Denver, and Oak Hill High of Converse.

After three rounds of competition, the title of first place team went to Kokomo Area Schools at Home (KASH) with a total of 422 points earned. The second place honors for team went to Huntington North High with a total of 418 points. Third place honors fell to Marion High with a team score of 411 points. Gold medallist for individual scores went to Angela Smiley, a junior of KASH with a total of 125 points of a possible 200. Arianne Arnold, a senior at Marion High won the silver medallist with a total of 115 points for the individual rounds, breaking a sudden-death tie-breaker with the 3rd place winner. Pete Beardsley, a junior at Ayersville High, earned the bronze medal with a total of 115 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 question 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.

In addition to the competition, students learned a little of the ongoing developments in the study of tessellations and Penrose Tilings. Dr. Patrick Eggleton shared the software program Tesselmania as well as photographs of the new Penrose Tilings adorning the new HC science hall.

Dr. Patrick Eggleton, Associate Professor of Mathematics, coordinates the competition. Ben Eggleston of Elkhart, junior mathematics major, is the student coordinator for the competition. The goal of the competition is to support and encourage the efforts of students seeking to achieve in mathematics.

Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 50 academic concentrations. US News and World Report ranks Huntington among the best 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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