UNC Pembroke's annual Math Contest on March 10 attracted 210 competitors from counties throughout southeast North Carolina. Winners advance to the state competition.
Cumberland County and Moore County schools produced the most winners. Team competitions were won by all Cumberland County schools with John Griffin Middle School in algebra I and Jack Britt High School in algebra II and geometry.
Individual winners were: Hannah Caison in algebra I from Cedar Grove Middle School in Brunswick County, as well as Samuel Joo in algebra II and Andre Goode in geometry, both from Jack Britt.
Terrell Wade, who represented Pine Forrest High School in Fayetteville, returned to UNCP's Math Contest this year after a top-10 finish in the state last year in algebra I as a student of Spring Lake Middle School.
"The geometry was very difficult; I am better at algebra," Wade said. "I don't know about winning this time; some of the questions were tough."
Wade's fears proved unfounded after finishing in second place and advancing to state competition again. Joy Brown, Wade's math teacher and coach at Spring Lake Middle School, attended the contest with him.
"Last year we got together to work on sample problems," Brown said. "Because Terrell was at the high school, I sent Terrell packets of problems to work on."
Wade said the UNCP competition is rewarding. "The trophy I got last year was better than the state trophies," he said.
Frank Shreve, a math teacher at Fayetteville Academy, was participating in his first Math Contest.
"We met for practices once a week," Shreve said. "Because they had not covered some of the material tested, we covered those areas too. I am hopeful."
Shreve's work paid off with a second place team finish in geometry.
Dr. Jiyoung Kim's son, Samuel Lee, attends Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville, but because of a limited budget, the school could not bring a team.
"Samuel finished third last year and was excited to come back, so I called to register him," said Dr. Kim, who is a member of Fayetteville State University's faculty. "This is a wonderful opportunity for kids in the region. Math is so important to our future."
Samuel finished second in the algebra II competition and advanced to state competition.
Ian Allred, who works in UNCP's Mathematics and Computer Science Department, has coordinated the contest for five years.
"It is a challenge to organize this contest," Allred said. "I was pleased with the attendance. This is the largest group I've seen in five years."
Algebra I 3rd place – Ashwin Ghadiyaram, 71st Classical Middle 2nd place – John Fang, John Griffin Middle 1st place – Hannah Caison, Cedar Grobe Middle Honorable Mention – Joshua Joo, Harris Moseley, Joshua Matthew, Zachery Smith, Alexan Bailey, Alec Chu and Madison Belkap
Algebra I – Team Competition First Place - John Griffin Middle School: John Fang, Harris Moseley, Jasper Hottell, Emily Carroll
Second Place - 71st Classical Middle School: Ashwin Ghadiyaram, Joshua Joo, Sandra Candelario, Christian Thomas
Third Place - West Pine Middle School: Zachery Smith, Matthew Fedder, Christopher McKinnis, Robert Capps
Geometry Honorable Mention – Jennifer Green, Zi Huai Yang 3rd place – Avery Kester, Jack Britt 2nd place – Terrell Wade, Pine Forrest 1st place – Andre Goode, Jack Britt
Geometry – Team Competition First Place - Jack Britt High School: Avery Kester, Zi Hui Yang, Jennifer Green, Anthony Wilkie
Second Place - Fayetteville Academy: Saurin Kantesaria, David Vaughan, Luckshume Ketheeswaran
Third Place - Overhills High School: Allison Vo, Dariane Davis, Andrea Schoonover, Daniel Karrs
Algebra II Honorable Mention – Frank Dy, Elaine Kearney, Katie Buzzard 3rd place – Nina Ondona, Pinecrest 2nd place - Samuel Lee, Terry Sanford 1st place - Samuel Joo, Jack Britt
Algebra II Team Competition First Place - Jack Britt High School: Samuel Joo, Katie Buzzard, Frank Dy, Jae Ho Kim
Second Place - Pinecrest High School: Elaine Kearney, Chrissy Boals, Emma Dedmond, Veronica Boboige
Third Place - Red Springs High School: Zachery Jones, Aaron McMillan, Mathew King, Shakelah Locklear
For more information about the Math Contest, contact Ian Allred at 910.775.4157 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Geometry (from left)Honorable Mention – Jennifer Green, Zi Huai Yang 2nd place – Terrell Wade, Pine Forrest 1st place – Andre Goode, Jack Britt
Algebra II (from left) Honorable Mention – Frank Dy, Elaine Kearney, Katie Buzzard 3rd place – Nina Ondona, Pinecrest 2nd place - Samuel Lee, Terry Sanford 1st place - Samuel Joo, Jack Britt
Algebra I (from left) 3rd place – Ashwin Ghadiyaram, 71st Classical Middle 2nd place – John Fang, John Griffin Middle