Team contest at RCC celebrates excellence in mathematics

On Friday, December 4, the annual Team Math Contest took place at both Rappahannock Community College campuses, with teams, each of three students, representing area high schools. Colonial Beach, Gloucester, and King William High Schools, and the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School at the Glenns Campus, each sent one team.

King and Queen Central, Middlesex, New Kent, Northumberland, Rappahannock (Richmond County), and West Point High Schools; the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School at Warsaw; and the private school of St. Margaret’s (Tappahannock) each sent two teams.

The contest, organized by RCC mathematics instructor Robert Parker with help from mathematics department members Tom Mosca, Linda Deptola, and Therese Johnson, consisted of 10 highly challenging questions testing several branches of mathematics — geometry, algebra, and pre-calculus. Each team worked together to solve the problems under the supervision of a proctor, and the teams had 60 minutes to complete as many questions as possible.

Parker was very pleased with this year’s attendance. “We had our largest turnout to date, with 20 teams competing from 12 schools,” he reports.

Glenns Campus Governor’s School team members Andy Jin, Billy John, and Zachary Kaylor captured first place; Jin and Kaylor are repeat winners from the second-place team in 2014. Team A from Rappahannock High School— Daniel Garland, Enrique Oceguera, and Tres Parker — came in second, tying with the Governor’s School at 50 points, but spending 58 minutes to complete the test, against the Governor’s School’s 38.

A second tie was also resolved by the clock. Gloucester High School’s Austin Hansford, Samantha Richardson, and Cole Weigartz scored 40 points in 55 minutes to achieve third, while Team A from New Kent (Darren McCaughan, Billy Musick, and Allan Walker) equaled their points but took an additional 5 minutes to finish.

Each of the three winning teams took home a trophy, and certificates of participation were given to all contestants.