Stephen Decatur High School wins math competition

(Nov. 16, 2012) The number crunchers were out in full force in Salisbury last week. No, they were not a team of special auditors.

They were 63 students from 21 schools in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia who participated in the 29th annual Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition at Salisbury University.

The students demonstrated their math expertise on both an individual and team basis.

Since this is an election year, there was a special question in the team portion of the competition that dealt with voting systems.

Stephen Decatur in Berlin finished in first place in the team competition, while James M. Bennett and Wicomico, both in Salisbury, finished in second and third place, respectively.

Hee Chor Jeong of Wicomico was the first-place winner in the individual student competition, Casey Knerr of Worcester Prep in Berlin was runnerup and Zhengze Yang of James M. Bennett was the third-place finisher.

Other participating schools were Delmar, Seaford and Woodbridge in Delaware; Colonel Richardson, Crisfield, Mardela, North Caroline, Parkside, Pocomoke, Saints Peter & Paul, Salisbury Christian, Snow Hill, Gunston School, Salisbury School, Washington, and Worcester Tech in Maryland; and Broadwater Academy in Virginia.

Delmarva Power, The Klein G. and Mary Lee Leister Foundation and Salisbury University’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science cosponsored the event. “We’re extremely grateful for our cosponsors’ financial support that enables us to hold this worthwhile educational event for area high school students,” said competition director Jennifer Bergner. “This annual competition allows students to show their proficiency in math.”

“It is certainly nice to see students receive recognition for academic achievement in events like the High School Mathematics Competition,” said Matt Likovich, Delmarva Power spokesman. “The students are to be commended for their interest in striving to improve their mathematics skills.”

Barnes & Noble gift cards were awarded to the top three students, as well as to the students on the three best teams.

All students were given certificates of participation and commemorative T-shirts.

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