Region’s top mathematics students to compete in contest March 20
CULLOWHEE — Western Carolina University will host its 43rd annual High School Mathematics Contest Wednesday, March 20, with 466 of the region’s top high school and junior high school mathematics students competing.
The students, representing 29 schools, will compete for individual and school awards as well as advancement to regional and state mathematics contests. Representing Haywood schools will be students from Tuscola High and Waynesville Middle schools.
Registration opens at 9:15 a.m. in the Ramsey Regional Activity Center. Orientation of the contestants starts at 10 a.m. and testing begins at 10:30 a.m. Students will have 70 minutes to complete the exams.
While the contestants are taking their exams, faculty sponsors will be served refreshments and participate in a session, “Fostering a Smooth Transition from High School to College,” presented by Smoky Mountain High School mathematics teacher Connie Danner and three WCU representatives — academic adviser Alicia Cameron, assistant professor of mathematics Geoff Goehle and mathematics tutoring center director Nory Prochaska.
WCU, part of a statewide contest network, offers competition in four subject divisions — Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and Comprehensive. The numbers of students expected to compete in each division are 103 for Algebra I, 113 for Algebra II, 114 for Geometry and 136 for Comprehensive.
The top 10 percent of winners in Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry advance to the state finals for the western region, which will be held at the University of North Carolina at Asheville April 25. Students scoring in the top 8 percent in the comprehensive division qualify for the State Mathematics Contest to be held April 11, at the School of Science and Mathematics in Durham.
The top 20 finishers in the state are offered full scholarships to attend a North Carolina college or university of their choice, including WCU.
Awards at the WCU contest include certificates of merit to the top finishers who qualify for the next round of competition in each subject division and certificates of participation for all contestants. Plaques will be awarded to the top three schools in each team division, according to mean scores. Each of the winning schools receives a rotating trophy for a year.
Announcement of subject division and school winners will be at 1:15 p.m. in main arena of the Ramsey Center.