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North Caroline High School Wins Mathematics Competition

Top Students Awarded Gift Cards in Delmarva Power-sponsored Event

SALISBURY, Md. - A lot of high-powered calculating took place at Salisbury University today when 63 students from 21 schools in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia demonstrated their mathematics expertise in the 30th annual Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition.

This year students explored various ways to measure distance. In particular, they looked at Taxicab Geometry, a world in which travel can only be done as a taxicab moving on grid-like streets similar to those found in New York City.

North Caroline (Ridgely, Md.) finished in first place in the team competition, while Stephen Decatur (Berlin, Md.) finished second and Pocomoke (Pocomoke, Md.) came in third. Heejun Choi of Parkside (Salisbury, Md.) took first place honors in the individual student competition, while Fei Gao of Broadwater Academy (Exmore, Va.) was runner-up and Daniel Beck of Stephen Decatur finished third.

Other participating schools included: Delmar, Indian River, Sussex Central and Woodbridge in Delaware; Colonel Richardson, The Gunston School, James. M. Bennett, Mardela, Saints Peter & Paul, Salisbury Christian, Snow Hill, The Salisbury School, Washington, Wicomico, Worcester Prep and Worcester Tech in Maryland.

Delmarva Power, The Klein G. and Mary Lee Leister Foundation 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 show their proficiency in math."

"Delmarva Power believes in supporting education-enhancing activities, and this competition certainly highlights the importance of a solid math education in today's society," said John Allen, Delmarva Power Region Vice President.

Barnes & Noble gift cards were awarded to the top three students, as well as to students on the three best teams. All students were given certificates of participation and commemorative T-shirts.

Special recognition also was given to teachers from Colonel Richardson, North Caroline, Pocomoke, Snow Hill, Stephen Decatur and Worcester Prep for bringing teams from their respective schools to participate in the math competition for 20 years or more.

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