For Immediate Release
Md. - Mathematics
took center stage at Salisbury University today as 63 students from 21 high
schools in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia participated in the 32nd annual
Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition. The students demonstrated
their math expertise by working to solve challenging probability problems
during individual and team events.
Probability is basically the study of
chance in dealing with patterns and trends that occur in random events. The
theory of mathematical probability is over 300 years old and uses statistics
and simulations to help determine probability with greater accuracy. Such
information is used in the physical sciences, genetics, social sciences,
economics, industry, engineering and insurance.
North Caroline in Ridgely, Md.,
finished in first place in the team competition, while James M. Bennett in
Salisbury, Md., finished second and Worcester Tech in Newark, Md., came in
Hunter Geisel of North Caroline took
first-place honors in the individual student competition, while Winnie Wei of
Broadwater Academy in Exmore, Va., was runner-up and Hannah Lee of James M.
Bennett finished third.
Other participating schools included: Cape
Henlopen, Delmar, Seaford and Sussex Central in Delaware; Colonel Richardson,
Mardela, Parkside, Pocomoke, Saints Peter & Paul, Salisbury Christian, Snow
Hill, Stephen Decatur, The Salisbury School, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester
Prep in Maryland; Arcadia 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 extremely grateful for our co-sponsors'
financial support which enables us to provide this valuable opportunity for
area high school students to showcase their mathematical talents," said Carvel
LaCurts, Salisbury University mathematics senior lecturer.
"It certainly is nice to see students receive
recognition for academic achievement in events like this," said John Allen,
Delmarva Power region vice president. "I commend the students for their
interest in improving their mathematics skills, which should prove valuable in
many of their future endeavors."
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
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