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Salisbury School Wins Mathematics Competition

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Twenty-five schools participate in Delmarva Power-sponsored event

SALISBURY , Md. – A lot of high-powered calculating took place at Salisbury University today when 75 students from 25 schools in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia demonstrated their mathematics expertise in the 25th annual Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition.

The young mathematicians had fun with the fact that this is the 25th year for the Mathematics Competition, since 25 is a perfect square (5 times 5). The students also worked on brainteasers such as: “How many whole numbers between 1,000 and 2,008 include a 2 and a 5 as consecutive digits, in that order?”; and “If the price of an item is increased by 10 percent on Monday, then increased by 10 percent on Tuesday, then decreased by 10 percent on Wednesday, and then decreased by 10 percent on Thursday, is its final price on Thursday higher than, lower than, or the same as its initial price on Monday?” (If you’re curious, the answers are “20” and “lower than,” respectively).

Salisbury School in Salisbury, Md., finished in first place in the team competition, while Gunston Day School in Centreville, Md., finished second and Salisbury Christian School in Salisbury, Md., came in third. Ross Roessler of Worcester Prep in Berlin, Md., took first place honors in the individual student competition, while Yunmin Ni of Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin, Md., was runner-up. Derek Wu of James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury, Md., and Howard Christopher of Saints Peter and Paul High School in Easton, Md., finished tied for third.

Other participating schools included: Cape Henlopen, Delmar, Indian River, Laurel, Seaford, Sussex Central and Woodbridge in Delaware; Colonel Richardson, Crisfield, Mardela, North Caroline, Parkside, Pocomoke, Snow Hill, Washington, and Wicomico in Maryland; Arcadia and Broadwater Academy in Virginia.

Delmarva Power and Salisbury University’s Department of Mathematics & Computer Science cosponsored the event. “Once again we are grateful for Delmarva Power’s long-standing partnership in making this event a huge success,” said Dr. Jennifer Bergner, Mathematics Competition coordinator. “This annual competition allows students to showcase their proficiency in math.”

“Delmarva Power believes in supporting education-enhancing activities, and this competition certainly underscores the importance of a solid math education in today’s society,” said Matt Likovich, Community & 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. Certificates of participation and commemorative T-shirts were given to all students.

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