HU Hosts Annual High School Mathematics Competition

Saint Joseph High School, South Bend, Indiana, took home first place in the annual Huntington University High School Mathematics Competition held Oct. 14 on campus.

Eleven area high schools competed for individual and team awards in demonstration of mathematical abilities. The goal of the competition is to support and encourage the efforts of students seeking to achieve in mathematics.

For the team competition, Saint Joseph High School captured first place, Marion High School won second place and third place was a tie between North Judson-San Pierre High School and Pendleton Heights High School.

For the individual awards, Hengtian Wu, a junior from Marion High School, captured first place; Truman Bennet, a junior from Marion High School, earned second place; and Love Osunnuga, a senior from Saint Joseph High School, earned third place.

The mathematics competition is made up of three rounds. The first round is a 20-question written exam comprised of questions from algebra, geometry and general mathematics. 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 a minute and a half to complete each question. Each question answered correctly earns a student 10 points.

The final round, which is the team round, provides additional points for the team score. Students are provided with several problems that are more challenging and best solved through the cooperative efforts of the team. A total of 50 points is possible for the final round.

Schools competing include: Ayersville High School, Defiance (Ohio); Crestview High School, Convoy (Ohio); Frontier Jr. Sr. High School, Chalmers; Howe Military Academy, Howe; Lima Central Catholic High School, Lima (Ohio); Marion High School, Marion; North Judson-San Pierre High School, North Judson; Pendleton Heights High School, Pendleton; Saint Joseph High School, South Bend; South Bend Clay High, South Bend; and West Noble High School, Ligonier.

Hosanna Burr, a junior mathematics education major at Huntington University, served as the student coordinator. The competition was overseen by Dr. Brian Rice, assistant professor of mathematics, Dr. Dan Dobbs, assistant professor of mathematics, and Dr. Jeff Lehman, professor of computer science, from the mathematics and computer science department at Huntington University.