Huntington, Ind.— Huntington College hosted the semiannual Huntington College High School Mathematics Competition on Wednesday, October 23, 2002. Top honors went to the team of Hamilton Southeastern High School with 665 points. Marion High School placed second with 510 points followed by Oak Hill in third with 420 points.
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, Hamilton Southeastern from Fishers, KASH (Kokomo Area Schools at Home) of Kokomo, Marion High of Marion, Rochester High of Rochester, North Miami High of Denver, and Oak Hill High of Converse.
Gold medallist for individual scores went to Feng Tu, a senior at Hamilton Southeastern High School with a total of 185 points out of a possible 200. Angela Smiley, a senior at KASH won the silver medal with a total of 170 points, breaking a sudden-death tie-breaker with the third-place winner, Henry Chou, a senior at Hamilton Southeastern High School.
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 five 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 in 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 Science Hall at Huntington College.
Eggleton, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Huntington College, coordinated the competition. Ben Eggleston, an HC junior mathematics major from Elkhart, Ind., was the student coordinator for the competition. The goal of the competition was 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 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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