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Saints Peter & Paul High School Wins 2014 Math Competition

SALISBURY, Md. - The number crunchers were out in full force in Salisbury, Md., today! No, they were not a team of special auditors but 57 students from 19 schools in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia who participated in the 31st annual Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition at Salisbury University. The students demonstrated their math expertise on both an individual and team basis.

This year students investigated relationships between prime numbers. As part of the team competition, they worked to find prime numbers with particular properties. Prime numbers continue to be an important area of research with some of their mathematical properties yet to be discovered.

Saints Peter & Paul (Easton, Md.) finished in first place in the team competition, while North Caroline (Ridgely, Md.) finished second and Mardela (Mardela Springs, Md.) came in third.

Michael Li of James M. Bennett (Salisbury, Md.) took first place honors in the individual student competition, while Hunter Geisel of North Caroline was runner-up and Xiaofei "Bruce" Wei of The Gunston School (Centreville, Md.) finished third.

Other participating schools included: Laurel and Seaford in Delaware; Colonel Richardson, Crisfield, Parkside, Pocomoke, Salisbury Christian, Snow Hill, Stephen Decatur, Washington, Wicomico, Worcester Prep and Worcester Tech in Maryland; Broadwater Academy in Virginia.

Delmarva Power, The Klein G. and Mary Lee Leister Foundation and Salisbury University's Department of Mathematics & Computer Science cosponsored the event. "We are very appreciative of our continuing partnership with Delmarva Power," said Carvel LaCurts, 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 is proud to once again be part of this worthwhile educational activity," said John Allen, Delmarva Power region vice president. "This annual event serves as a useful educational tool for gauging students' proficiency in mathematics."

 

Barnes & Noble gift cards 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.

 

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