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St. Margaret’s wins RCC math contest

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Winning first place in RCC’s annual Team Math Contest were, from left, Cameron Durr, Siyuan Mu and Yuqin Peng, all members of the Class of 2015 at St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock.

On November 7, at both Rappahannock Community College campuses, 17 teams of two or three high school students participated in the annual Team Math Contest.

King William, New Kent, Northumberland and West Point high schools, and the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School at the Glenns Campus, each sent one team. Colonial Beach, King and Queen Central, Rappahannock (Richmond County), and Washington and Lee (Westmoreland County) 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 professor Dr. Tom Mosca and developmental mathematics instructor Brenda Callis, consisted of 15 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.

As happened last year, one of the teams from St. Margaret’s School captured first place, this time with team members Cameron Durr, Yuqin Peng and Siyuan Mu.

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posted 11.19.2014

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