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Huntington University to host middle school math competition

Huntington, Ind.-Teams from around the region will go head-to-head April 21 in the annual Huntington University Middle School Mathematics Competition. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. Registration opens at 9 a.m.

The goal of the competition is to support and encourage the efforts of students seeking to achieve in mathematics. About 20 teams will be competing this year from schools in Fort Wayne, Elkhart, Anderson, Huntington and more.

The competition is made up of three rounds. The first round is a 20-question algebra, geometry and general mathematics written exam where students can earn a total of 100 points. The individual round is made up of 10 questions where students are given a minute and a half to complete each question. Correct answers earn students 10 points. During the final round, the team round, students are provided with five problems that are more challenging and are best solved through the cooperative efforts of the team. A total of 50 points is possible.

Dr. Yu Yan, assistant professor of mathematics, is the faculty sponsor for the competition. Megan Verhasselt, sophomore mathematics education major from Bartlett, Ill., is the student coordinator.

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. has listed the university as one of America's Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its "Best in the Midwest" list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).