Top math students to compete at WCU on March 25

Editor’s Note: Due to weather conditions, the start of this event has been delayed until 11:30 a.m.

Western Carolina University will host its 44th annual High School Mathematics Contest on Tuesday, March 25, with 376 of the region’s top high school and junior high school mathematics students competing.

The students, representing 22 schools, will compete for individual and school awards as well as advancement to regional and state mathematics contests. The students will be accompanied by 41 faculty sponsors who will attend a presentation by Holly Pinter, assistant professor in WCU’s School of Teaching and Learning.

WCU, part of a statewide contest network, offers competition in three divisions: Level 1 for students taking Math 1, Level 2 for Math 2 and 3 students, and Comprehensive for students taking a math class beyond Math 3. A new contest division structure is taking effect this year as North Carolina public schools transition to the new Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. Ninety-two students are registered to compete in Level 1 at the WCU contest, 163 students will participate in Level 2 and another 121 students will be competing in Comprehensive.

Students who qualify from Levels 1 and 2 will advance to the state finals for the western region, which will be held at the University of North Carolina at Asheville on Thursday, May 1. Top scorers from the Comprehensive division qualify for state finals competition set for Thursday, April 24, at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham.

The contest is sponsored by WCU’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. For more information, contact Axelle Faughn, WCU associate professor of mathematics, at 828-227-3829 or