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Indiana’s Top High School Math Students to Test Skills Saturday at Rose-Hulman Competition

November 7, 2011

Several of Indiana's brightest high school mathematics scholars will test their problem-solving skills on Saturday, November 12, in the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology High School Mathematics Competition.  Now in its 46th year, the event has grown into one of the Midwest's largest academic contests with approximately 400 students from 20 high schools.

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Figuring Things Out: A high school student concentrates on solving one of the 20 problems during last year's Rose-Hulman Mathematics Competition. This annual contest attracts approximately 400 students from Indiana, Illinois and Iowa high schools.

Past competition award winners have featured students recognized as Indiana's "Mr./Miss Math" and "Mr./Miss Science," members of the USA Today All-USA High School Academic Team and members of the U.S. team in the International Mathematics Olympiad.

Students will have one hour, starting at 11 a.m., to complete 20 questions in a wide range of mathematics categories.  Awards will be presented at 1:30 p.m. in the Vonderschmitt Dining Room of the Hulman Student Union.

Rose-Hulman's contest is unique because it tests the mathematics skills of students in all four grade levels.  Individual and team honors are presented to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.  An overall team title is also presented.

Carmel High School has been the top school champion for the past two year.  Other top contenders will be Terre Haute South, Iowa City West High School (Iowa), Hamilton Southeastern of Indianapolis and Urbana High School of Illinois.

Other schools competing will include Castle, Champaign Central (Illinois), Covenant Christian, Culver Academies, Evansville Harrison, Fishers, Lafayette Harrison, Lutheran, Evansville's Signature School, South Bend St. Joseph's, South Vermillion, Terre Haute North, Warsaw, West Noble, West Vigo and Zionsville.  Students from Vigo County's Honey Creek Middle School will be participating, but are ineligible for team honors.

Defending individual grade champions include Lyndon Ji of Carmel and Shi-Ke Xue of Iowa City West, last year's junior class champions; Madeline Snipes of Fishers, the sophomore champion from a year ago; and Yushi Homma of Carmel and Mark Sellke of Lafayette Harrison, the 2010 freshman co-titlists.

The top freshman male and female students will be honored with book prizes provided in memory of Sally Shonk, a former Vigo County (Terre Haute, Ind.) teacher.  The top sophomore male and female students will be honored with book prizes in memory of Mary Rhein, a teacher who coordinated the contest in West Chester, Ohio, for several years.  The books are donated by Wiley and Pearson/Addison Wesley publishes.

Rose-Hulman mathematics competition is organized by professor John Rickert with assistance from assistant professor Leanne Holder, department secretary Michelle Prather and department chair Allen Broughton.  Providing helping hands will be members of the Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honor society, Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, Math Club and other student volunteers.

Information about this year's contest and results of past events can be obtained at