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North Caroline Wins 2015 Mathematics Competition

SALISBURY, 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 third.

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 T-shirts.

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