Local students compete at mathematics contest

March 28, 2013 | Share |

Students representing Valley Springs Middle School, the Asheville Home School Math Club and North Buncombe and T.C. Roberson high schools were the top competitors recently as students gathered from around the region for Western Carolina University’s 43rd annual High School Mathematics Contest.

More than 500 of the region’s top high school and junior high school mathematics students from 30 area schools competed at the March 20 event.

The Valley Springs Middle School team, sponsored by Vimi McKeithan, won first place in the Algebra I division with a total score of 57. Second place went to Cane Creek Middle School, sponsored by Linda Lewis, with a total score of 46. The Carolina Day Middle School team, sponsored by Robin van Alstyne, posted a total score of 36 for a third-place finish.

North Buncombe High School, sponsored by Julia Webster, won first place in the Algebra II division with a total score of 50. T.C. Roberson High School, sponsored by Cindy Hallman-Morris, took second place with a total score of 48, and A.C. Reynolds High School, sponsored by Wendy Wheeler, finished in third place with a total score of 45.

The Asheville Home School Math Club, sponsored by Edna Tokay, took first place in the Geometry division with a total score of 33. North Buncombe High School, sponsored by Julia Webster, took second place in Geometry, scoring 24. Third place was won by Polk County High School with a total score of 23. That team was sponsored by Pat McCool.

The T.C. Roberson High School team, sponsored by Cindy Hallman-Morris, won first place in the Comprehensive division with a total score of 63. Second place went to North Buncombe High School, sponsored by Julia Webster, with a total score of 53. The Carolina Day School team, sponsored by Ben Chamberlain, posted a total score of 47 for a third-place finish.

The top 10 percent of winners in Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry advance to the state finals for the western region, which will be held at the University of North Carolina at Asheville on Thursday, April 25. Those winners are:

Algebra I: Keshav Kuma, Valley Springs Middle School, first; Erik Hobson, Cane Creek Middle School, second; Saffron Kaplan, Asheville Middle School, third; Ron Zhang, Sahil Gupta and Brandley Elliot, all from Valley Springs Middle, fourth (three-way tie); Suzanne Nevant and Charlie Stainer, both from Carolina Day School, and Syon Chand of Cane Creek Middle School, fifth (three-way tie); Madeline Smith of Carolina Day School, Kyle Boyette of East McDowell Junior High School and Katie Gorman of Cane Creek Middle School, sixth (three-way tie).

Algebra II: Edward Chan, North Buncombe High School, first; Samantha Rogan and Bryan Vogel, both of North Buncombe High School, second (two-way tie); Cam Mosely, Valley Springs Middle School, third; Nirbhay Sutaria, A.C. Reynolds High School, fourth; Philip Sink, Smoky Mountain High School, fifth; Adam Kull of North Buncombe High School and Ryuki Deyton of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, sixth (two-way tie); Chris Dugan of T.C. Roberson High School and Emily Mady of A.C. Reynolds High School, seventh (two-way tie); Pooja Patel and Michael Morris, both of T.C. Roberson High School, eighth (two-way tie).

Geometry: Kristie Kim, Asheville High School, first; Cameron Tokoy, Asheville Home School Math Club, second; William Reeder, Asheville Home School Math Club, third; Kayla Robertson of McDowell High School, Mark Mitchell-Perry of Asheville Home School Math Club, Kristy Riddle of Robbinsville High School, Zane Curroll of North Buncombe High School and Allison Melrose of Tuscola High School, fourth (five-way tie); Joel Mire of Asheville Christian Academy and Christian Lopez of Tuscola High School, fifth (two-way tie).

Students scoring in the top 8 percent in the Comprehensive division qualified for the State Mathematics Contest to be held Thursday, April 11, at the School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. Those students are Alvin Zhang, T.C. Roberson High School, first; Moshe Feldman, T.C. Roberson High School, second; Luis Vargas, McDowell High School, third; Katie A. Kull, North Buncombe High School, fourth; Bo Bi of Carolina Day School, Mathieu Mauhar and Tsao-Chin Yu, both of T.C. Roberson High School, and Travis Broadhurst of North Buncombe High School, fifth (four-way tie); Samantha Shoemaker of Carolina Day School, Abbie Juyoung Kim of Asheville Christian Academy, Lauren Pruett of North Buncombe High School, and Kenneth Davis of Enka High School, sixth (four-way tie).

For more information about WCU’s High School Mathematics Contest, contact Axelle Faughn or Risto Atanasov, assistant professors of mathematics, at (828)-227-3829 or (828)-227-3942.


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