One hundred thirty-one students competed this year in Rappahannock Community College’s annual Individual Mathematics Contest, which was held May 6 at both Glenns and Warsaw Campuses. Public school system participants came from Colonial Beach, New Kent, Northumberland, Rappahannock (Richmond County), Washington and Lee (Westmoreland County), and West Point High Schools; Lancaster, Northumberland, and West Point Middle Schools; and Essex and Richmond County Intermediate Schools. St. Margaret’s School in Essex County and the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School at RCC’s Warsaw Campus also participated.
Each student took a one-hour test in one of four subject areas: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or Pre-Calculus, which is new this year.
West Point Middle School’s Earl Carter won first place in Algebra I, followed by Nathan Wahlstrom and Megan Haydon of Richmond County Intermediate School in second and third places respectively.
In Geometry, first place was awarded to Nathan Parker of Northumberland Middle School, second to Rett Hillman of Richmond County Intermediate School, and third to Cissy Fei of St. Margaret’s School. Jordan Hescox of Washington and Lee High School placed first in Algebra II, with Ian Lewis and Andrew Bell of Rappahannock High School in second and third. In the Pre-calculus competition, Kristy Li of St. Margaret’s School won first place, Raymond Parker of Rappahannock High School second, and Hayden Osborne of West Point High School came in third.
First, second, and third-place winners in each subject won medallions recognizing their performance.
The purpose of the contest, which has been held almost every year since 1973, is to recognize excellence in mathematics and to identify students with natural talent in this area, as well as promoting interest in mathematics in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. RCC math instructor Robert Parker organized this year’s contest with valuable help and support from other members of RCC’s Mathematics Department, and from a number of RCC faculty and staff members who helped to set up, proctor, and grade the tests.
“This was the largest turnout we have had in the past four years,” says Parker, “and the competition was strong. We are looking forward to continued growth.”