Pellissippi hosts regional math competition

Challenging, yet fun, mathematics will be the order of the day on April 25, as middle-schoolers who know their numbers participate in the eighth annual Tennessee Middle School Mathematics Competition at Pellissippi State Technical Community College.

The event, which is hosted by the college’s math department, is 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road. Pellissippi State’s math department activities are supported by a grant to the Pellissippi State Foundation from Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

The competition is designed for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students, including home-schoolers, in the East Tennessee region who excel in mathematics. Participants will be able to see how their math ability compares to that of other regional students.

The contest is a multiple-choice exam designed by college math professors from Pellissippi State, Austin Peay State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, the University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee at Martin and Walters State Community College.

Contestants should compete at their grade level and not at the grade level of the math class in which they are enrolled. Students will be permitted to use calculators, including graphing calculators, on the exams.

The registration deadline is March 31, and no registrations will be accepted after that date. The space for students is limited and may fill up prior to the deadline, so early registration is recommended.

To be eligible for the team competition, a school must bring at least four students at each grade level. Schools must limit the number of students at any level to a maximum of 10 percent of grade-level enrollment, or up to 15 students.

Check-in will take place at the Performing Arts Center between 7 and 8 a.m. The competition test is scheduled from 8:30 to 10 a.m., followed by a trip to Zuma Fun Center and then the presentation of awards.

More than $3,000 in trophies and gift cards will be awarded to the top 10 students at each grade level. All students in attendance will receive a free contest T-shirt.

For additional information, contact Jonathan Lamb, associate professor of mathematics at Pellissippi State, at 865- 694-6699 or

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