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Zionsville High takes first in HU math competition

2013 HS Math Comp individualFall2013
Individual winners, from left to right, Walter Li, Nick Perkins and Peter Dun
2013 HS Math Comp TeamFirstZionsvilleFall2013
First place team, Zionsville Community High School
2013 HS Math Comp TeamSecondCanterburyFall2013
Second place team, Canterbury High School
2013 HS Math Comp TeamThirdMarionFall2013
Third place team, Marion High School

HUNTINGTON, Ind. Zionsville Community High School from Zionsville, Ind., took home first place in the annual Huntington University High School Mathematics Competition held Oct. 23 on campus.

Eight 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, Zionsville Community High School captured first place, Canterbury High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., second place and Marion High School in Marion, Ind., third place.

For the individual awards, Walter Li, a junior from Canterbury captured first place; Nick Perkins, a senior from Zionsville earned second place; and Peter Dun, a sophomore from Canterbury edged out Baizhen Zhu from Zionsville on the one question tie-breaker for 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 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 were: Anderson Christian School in Anderson, Ind., Ayersville High School in Highland, Ohio, Canterbury High School, Marion High School, Saint Joseph High School in South Bend, Ind., South Bend Clay High School in South Bend, Ind., Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw, Ind., and Zionsville Community High School.