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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

UWP hosts 36th annual mathematics contest

PLATTEVILLE - The University of Wisconsin-Platteville hosted its 36th annual high school mathematics contest. Approximately 550 students from 35 high schools in the tri-state area participated in this event.

Participating high schools were divided into four groups according to school enrollment numbers; this allowed them to compete against schools of similar size. Each school had teams competing at two levels; level one consisted of freshman-sophomore students and level two, junior-senior students. Students were tested on both individual and team base levels which allowed them opportunities for multiple math challenges.

Retired UWP faculty member Fredric Tufte created the contest 36 years ago. "The faculty at that time wanted to provide an event for high school students who expressed interest in mathematics," Cinda Furry, academic department associate in the math department, said. "The goal today remains the same as UWP faculty provide the contest as a means for students to participate in a mathematics event and to promote overall enthusiasm for mathematics."

The math contest requires participation from individuals involved with the UWP mathematics department and UWP Math Club. Math Club members volunteered by making buttons for each participant. They also helped with registration, proctoring exams and tabulating results.

The top three schools in division one were Iowa City West High School, Des Moines Roosevelt High School and Des Moines Central Academy. In division two, the top three schools included Western Dubuque High School, Platteville High School and Wahlert High School. Division three winners were Stanley-Boyd High School, Viroqua High School and Cascade High School. Division four winners consisted of Deerfield High School, Stockton High School and Dakota High School.

The top three schools in each division received plaques for their mathematical achievement. The individual student winners received certificates and a UWP T-shirt in recognition of their accomplishment.

"It is very rewarding to see the growing number of high school students that participate each year and to see some students continue to participate for their entire high school careers," Furry said.

For more information on the math meet, contact Furry at (608) 342-1741 or Contact: Cinda Furry, mathematics department, (608) 342-1741, Prepared by: Anne Killian, UWP Public Relations, (608) 342-1194,

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