High school students compete in regional math contest

More than 200 high school students from Blount, Loudon and Sevier Counties will compete in the 52nd annual high school mathematics contest sponsored by Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association on April 15.

Testing begins at 9:30 a.m. and lasts for two hours at the University Center Auditorium at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Maryville College organizes the event and will provide representatives to conduct the contest. Coordinator for Section E-6 is Dr. Margie Ribble, associate professor of mathematics.

First, second and third place trophies will be awarded in six areas and are sponsored by local businesses. Trophies will be delivered to schools at a later date.

According to Ribble, the major purposes of the contest are to stimulate interest in mathematics in their programs of study, and thereby to raise the level of mathematics competence in Tennessee and to honor those students who are outstanding in their knowledge of mathematics through appropriate public recognition in their schools and their communities.

The contest is conducted as an academic festival where students represent their school in competition with others at a nearby testing center. These specially selected school representatives compete with each other for pre-eminence in their region and in the state.

The West Chevrolet Scholarship winners will be announced and recognized at this year’s contest. This scholarship, designed to encourage math contest participants to attend Maryville College, is awarded each year to Maryville College students who competed in the statewide contest at Center E-6.

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