Utility Menu

USC Upstate News

USC Upstate Announces Results of Second Annual High School Math Contest

11- 30- 2006

Spartanburg, S.C. – The Division of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of South Carolina Upstate hosted its second annual high school math contest on November 11. The Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics won first place, Dreher High School took second, and Spring Valley High School came in third place, in overall scores.

With more than 130 students representing 24 high schools from across North and South Carolina and Georgia, the contest was a tough day for the math whizzes in the areas of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, trigonometry, counting, probability, and number theory. The students competed in team relays against the clock and in individual written exams.

Rick Chow, chair of the Division of Math and Computer Science at USC Upstate, says that the goal of the contest was to “stimulate interest in mathematics among high school students and to recognize those with exceptional talent.” Outstanding participants and teams were awarded prizes which included four-year USC Upstate tuition vouchers for $1,000, $500 and $250, plaques, awards and t-shirts.

“All the kids were well prepared and were very competitive,” says event organizer Tommy Ordoyne, “and we even had two middle school students who participated and did well on the high school level.” Ordoyne, senior instructor of mathematics, also says that he was pleased to see many of the 2005 contest competitors return for this year’s competition.

The top ten schools in overall scores were: the Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (Hartsville, S.C.), Dreher High School (Columbia, S.C.), Spring Valley High School (Columbia, S.C.), Southside High School (Greenville, S.C.), A.C. Reynolds High School (Asheville, N.C.), T.C. Roberson High School (Asheville, N.C.), James F. Brynes High School (Duncan, S.C.), Hammond School (Cloumbia, S.C.), Aiken High School (Aiken, S.C.), and North Buncombe High School (Weaverville, N.C.).

For more information about the contest, contact Rick Chow atrchow@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5206, or Tommy Ordoyne attordoyne@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5225.

A detailed list of the rankings, scores, questions and answers is available on the USC Upstate web site athttp://faculty.uscupstate.edu/kwaters/MathContest/info.html.

math contest winnersStudents from the Governor’s School of Science & Math Team took first place overall in the USC Upstate second annual high school math contest. From left to right: Niru Maheswaranathan, Chong Ni, Eric Hsieh, Junda Chen, Tristan McKinney, and Bella Wang.