Hamilton Southeastern wins HU math competition

Huntington, Ind. - Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Ind., was the first-place winner in the 2010 Huntington University High School Mathematics competition. The competition was held on campus on Oct. 27.

Twelve area high school teams competed this year in the contest, along with individual student competitors.

The individual winners were Bosi Zhang, a senior from Hamilton Southeastern, with first place; Madeline Snipes, a sophomore from Fishers High School in Fishers, Ind., in second place; and Nicholas Wawrykow, a sophomore from St. Joseph's High School in South Bend, Ind., in third place. In overall team achievement, Hamilton Southeastern took first, Fishers High came in second and St. Joseph's High came in third. Individual winners and members of the winning teams were awarded trophies as well as licenses for computer program Mathematica.

Also competing this year were Adams Central High School, Monroe, Ind,; Anderson Christian School, Anderson, Ind.; Ayersville High School, Defiance, Ohio; Delta High School, Muncie, Ind.; Greenville Senior High School, Greenville, Ohio; Clay High School, South Bend, Ind.; Southwood High School, Wabash, Ind.; Tippecanoe Valley High School, Akron, Ind.; Warsaw Community High School, Warsaw, Ind.; and West Noble High School, Ligonier, Ind.

The mathematics competition is made up of three rounds. The first round is a 20-question written exam comprised of questions from algebra to 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. Students receive 10 points for correctly answered questions. The final round, the team round, adds points to 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.

Dr. Yu Yan, assistant professor of mathematics, coordinates the competition. Megan Verhasselt, a 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.