HU students shine on national Putnam exam

HUNTINGTON, Ind. Two Huntington University math students shined in the nationally accredited William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, scoring high on the difficult exam.

The Putnam competition is a national math contest for college students. It is renowned for its difficulty. Half of the students who sit for the exam receive a score of zero. A total of 4,113 students from 557 colleges and universities participated.

Luke Batdorff, a senior math major from Bluffton, Ind., scored a 20 which tied him for 597th out of 4,113 students. Joe Brenneman, a senior math education major from St. Marys, Ohio, scored a two and tied for 1880th.

The Mathematical Association of America administers the exam annually on the first Saturday of December.