Students from 12 high schools in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River counties flexed their mathematical muscles in the annual Math Olympics hosted by the Indian River State College Mathematics Department. Participants competed both individually and as teams from Fort Pierce Westwood, Indian River Charter, Jensen Beach, John Carroll, Lincoln Park Academy, Martin County, St. Edward’s, St. Lucie West Centennial, Sebastian River, South Fork, Treasure Coast and Vero Beach high schools.
Competition was fierce as individual opponents started the day with a 39-question written exam assessing mastery of algebra, geometry and trigonometry. The 10-question team competition followed with extra incentives for first responders.
Callie Zheng of Lincoln Park Academy won first place in the individual competition with a score of 36/39, followed by Moojin Ahn of Martin County High School with 34/39.
First place in the team competition went to Gregory Lukens, Joseph Miller, Macs Burke and Moojin Ahn, from Martin County High School. Lincoln Park Academy earned second place with the hard work of Callie Zheng, Fion Lee, Maria Dominguez and Rachel Fryer Dommel.
Prizes included tuition scholarships, gift certificates, books, puzzles and a graphing calculator. In addition to rigorous competition, participants had the opportunity to network with College instructors and tour the IRSC campus.
Lincoln Park Academy Team #1 earned second place in the team competition at the 2018 Math Olympics at Indian River State College. Pictured from Left to Right: Dr. Duane Chin Quee, IRSC Mathematics Department Chair; Callie Zheng; Maria Dominguez; Rachel Fryer Dommel; Fion Lee and Dr. Marta Cronin, IRSC Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Students from Weatherbee, St. Lucie Elementary, White City, and Chester A. Moore explore force and motion as well as reflection and refraction at the Saturday With a Scientist program led by Erin Squires and Kyle Cobb.
This program takes place at Indian River State College with groups of fifth graders from across all schools and is organized by the Office of Teaching and Learning’s Paul Reif.