For Immediate Release
Top Students Awarded Savings Bonds, Math Books in Delmarva Power-sponsored Event
SALISBURY , Md. - Some area students were in search of "perfection" today during the 28th Annual Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition at Salisbury University. Sixty students from 20 schools in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia demonstrated their mathematics expertise in solving problems that involved "perfect numbers." A perfect number is equal to the sum of its factors.
"This is the 28th year for our event and since 28 is a perfect number, we decided to make that the theme of this year's competition," said Dr. Kurt Ludwick, Mathematics Competition Coordinator. "Mathematicians have studied perfect numbers for thousands of years dating back to the era of Euclid, but it still is unknown how many perfect numbers exist."
Salisbury Christian School finished in first place in the team competition, while Worcester Preparatory School came in second and Stephen Decatur took third place honors.
Shelly Jung of Salisbury Christian School won first prize in the individual student competition, while Carter Tilghman of James M. Bennett came in second and Joseph Iacona of Stephen Decatur was the third place finisher.
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. All students were given certificates of participation and commemorative T-shirts.
Other participating schools included: Delmar, Indian River, Sussex Central and Woodbridge in Delaware; Colonel Richardson, Crisfield, Mardela, North Caroline, Parkside, Pocomoke, Saints Peter & Paul, 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. "Delmarva Power is pleased to once again be part of this worthwhile educational activity that underscores the importance of a solid mathematics education in today's society," said Matt Likovich, Delmarva Power spokesman. "Delmarva Power applauds these students for their commitment to academic excellence."
Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 122,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .