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NCCTM State High School Mathematics Contests

The State Mathematics Contest was initiated in 1979 to provide state level competition in comprehensive mathematics for those students who had excelled in regional contests held earlier across the state. Under the sponsorship of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics, regional winners are invited to the NC School of Science and Mathematics to determine the top mathematics students in the state.
The State Contest expanded to include state finals in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry. Results from three regional final sites are used to determine the top performers in the three subjects.

Go to the Contest web site for more information or contact John Goebel, Contest Committee Chair.

2007 USA Mathematical Olympiad

The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) has announced that 14 North Carolina students are among the 505 high school students who qualified for the highly selective and prestigious 2007 USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO).

The two-day, six-question USAMO was distributed via the Internet in April to the participants’ schools across the nation. Students took the mathematical proof-writing USAMO contest in school under the supervision of a teacher. Student's test papers were faxed to the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) office for grading by a panel of professional mathematicians. Twelve top scoring students will be announced as winners of the USAMO Monday, May 7, 2007. An awards ceremony for the 12 USAMO Winners will be held May 20-21 in Washington DC at the MAA Headquarters and the US Department of State Building.

The USAMO is the pinnacle event in the sequence of increasingly challenging mathematical contests administered annually by the MAA in the American Mathematics Competitions program. The AMC seeks to encourage student interest and achievement in mathematics through these challenging mathematical contests. From over 225,000 students worldwide taking the first contest (AMC10 and/or AMC12), only 10,000 were invited to compete in the second contest, the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME). Only 505 were selected from the second contest to participate in the USAMO.

  • Tian-yi Jiang, Cary Academy, Cary
  • Andrew Hertzberg, Chapel Hill HS, Chapel Hill
  • John Pardon, Durham Academy, Durham
  • Jeremy Hahn, East Chapel Hill HS, Chapel Hill
  • Arnav Tripathy, East Chapel Hill HS, Chapel Hill
  • Bryce Taylor, Hanes MS, Winston-Salem
  • John Berman, Hoggard HS, Wilmington
  • Kevin Lang, Myers Park HS, Charlotte
  • Yakov Berchenko-Kogan, Broughton HS, Raleigh
  • Joseph Lozier, NC School of Science and Mathematics, Durham
  • Ray Wang, NC School of Science and Mathematics, Durham
  • Seoungjun Lee, Ravenscroft School, Raleigh
  • Vivek Bhattacharya, Enloe HS, Raleigh
  • Mikhail Lavrov, Enloe HS, Raleigh
  • Daniel Vitek, Enloe HS, Raleigh

North Carolina Mathematics Team Wins National Competition

A team of fifteen students from across North Carolina defeated over one hundred teams from the United States, Canada, Taiwan and the Philippines at the American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) Meet held on Saturday, June 3rd. The meet was held simultaneously at three locations in the US; Penn State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Two teams from North Carolina participated in this meet and were chosen on the basis of their performance in the contests sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) and on their scores on the various tests of the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC). The NCCTM sponsors sixteen regional qualifying contests culminating in the State High School Mathematics Contest. The top twenty students at this contest are automatically invited to be on one of the two North Carolina Math Teams. The other students are typically younger students and are selected on the basis of their scores on a variety of contests, including those administered by the AMC.

The coaches for this year's teams were Archie Benton of North Buncombe High School, Ken Thwing of Freedom High School (Morganton), Kathy Hill and Deanna Lancaster of Athens Drive High (Raleigh), and David Mermin of Duke University. The coaches knew before heading to Pennsylvania that they had a good team. Many of the students on the team had competed last year at ARML and placed seventh. In addition, five of the team members had already been selected to attend the training session for the USA Mathematical Olympiad Team this summer at the University of Nebraska. Only fifty-four students nationwide were selected for this practice/selection session and six of them were from North Carolina.

The ARML Competition is primarily a team event. Three of the four parts of the contest are done in teams. The Power Round lasts for one hour and the students must write rigorous mathematical derivations and proofs. The Team Round last twenty minutes and the students must collectively come up with answers to ten unrelated problems. The Relay Round consists of two problems which are done in relay fashion, with each student passing an answer on to another team member, who then uses that answer to complete his or her stage of the relay. The final round is the Individual Round in which each participant must individually answer eight questions. The North Carolina Team had the highest team score, the highest Power Round score, and the highest individual total of all the teams present.

The high scoring individual team members included John Berman, a ninth-grader from J. T. Hoggard High School (Wilmington), Jeremy Hahn, a tenth-grader from East Chapel Hill High School, Mikhail Lavrov, an eleventh-grader from Enloe High School (Raleigh), Arnav Tripath, an eleventh-grader from East Chapel Hill High School, and Amy Wen of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. The high scoring member of the "B" team was Steven Ji of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.

The North Carolina Math Teams are sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics with generous support also coming from Duke Energy Corporation. For the past three years Duke Energy has provided additional funding so that this trip costs the individual students very little.

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