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Area High School Students Participate in Mathematics Competition

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

SALISBURY, Md. – The number crunchers were out in full force in Salisbury, Md., today! No, they were not a team of special auditors, but 63 students from Delaware, Maryland and Virginia who participated in the 23rd Annual Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition at Salisbury University.

If you have 21 schools, each with 3 students who must work together, how many ways can you seat them around 21 tables? How many prime factors does 2006 have? Brainteasers such as these are staples of the contest where students were called upon to demonstrate their mathematics skills on an individual and team basis.

James M. Bennett in Salisbury, Md., took first place in the team competition, while Cape Henlopen in Lewes, Del., finished second and Seaford in Seaford, Del., came in third. Keith McCready of James M. Bennett took home first place honors in the individual student competition, while Ross Roessler of Worcester Prep in Berlin, Md., was runner-up and Buddy Christopher of Saints Peter and Paul in Easton, Md., finished in third place.

Other participating schools included: Delmar, Indian River, Laurel, Sussex Central and Woodbridge in Delaware; Colonel Richardson, Mardela, North Caroline, Parkside, Pocomoke, Salisbury Christian, Snow Hill, Stephen Decatur, and Wicomico in Maryland; Arcadia and Broadwater Academy in Virginia.

Delmarva Power, SunTrust and Salisbury University’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science cosponsored the event. “We are thrilled about our continuing partnership with Delmarva Power and SunTrust,” said Dr. Kurt Ludwick, Mathematics Competition coordinator. “Their generous support allows us to provide this valuable opportunity for area high school students to showcase their mathematical talents.”

“Delmarva Power believes in supporting education-enhancing activities, and this annual competition is definitely an event that highlights the importance of a solid math education in today’s society,” said Matt Likovich, Community and Communications Coordinator for Delmarva Power.

U.S. Savings Bonds and mathematics-related books were awarded to the top three students, as well as to the students on the three best teams. Each student in the competition received a certificate of participation and commemorative T-shirt.

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