More than 400 students from regional high schools gathered to connect with other participants as they explored and shared various math activities and challenges. “I am so excited to be a part of ULM’s mathematics challenge for high school students. It allows students in our area high schools to come together at ULM and have fun with mathematics as they participate in group competitions and individual competitions,” said Kathy Smart, Mathematic instructor in ULM’s School of Sciences.
There is a lot of interest in this academic competition, as participation has grown exponentially over the past three years. This year’s activities took place in the SUB ballroom from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Award presentations took place after the competitions.
“We hope to generate students who can get excited about mathematics and learn to be good problem solvers as they compete,” Smart commented.
The competition was open to all Louisiana high school students (grade 9-12).
Awards were presented in three different categories. Third place overall students in each grade level received a certificate and a bronze medal. Second place overall students received a certificate, a silver medal and a $50 award. First place overall students received a certificate, a gold medal and a $100 award. Additionally, the top three 12th graders received a scholarship from ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno — $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, and $500 for third place.
The following students were presented with awards:
Highest scoring students
Wes Whitaker from Briarfield Academy
Nyla Greely from Carroll High School
Jared Schwindling from Delhi High School
Kay Miller from Downsville Community Charter School
Huanyi Zhang from Jonesboro-Hodge High School
Darium Clark from Mangham High School
Darius Washington from Neville High School
Terral Davis from Oak Grove High School
Andrew Cooper from Quitman High School
Rayville High School is Alina Mozhenkova
Michael Hollman from River Oak School
Sarah Martel from West Ouachita High School
Thomasia Jones from Wossman High School
Top 3 overall students – 9th grade
First place: Andrew Cooper from Quitman High School
Second place: Darium Clark from Mangham High School
Third place: Tarandass Anand from Neville High School
Top 3 overall students – 10th grade
First place: Amanda Shelby from Neville High School
Second place: Randolf Brockman from Neville High School
Third place: Terence Tugwell from Neville High School
Top 3 overall students – 11th grade
First place: Miffy Cheng from Mangham High School
Second place: Alina Mozhenkova from Rayville High School
Third place: Michael Hollman from River Oaks High School
Top 3 overall students – 12th grade
First place: Huanyi Zhang from Jonesboro-Hodge High School
Second place: Talia Teplitzky from Neville High School
Third place: Darius Washington from Neville High School