Almost 300 high school students expected to compete in regional math contest at MC

April 10, 2002

The 46th annual statewide high school mathematics contest, sponsored by the Tennessee Mathematics Teachers' Association (TMTA), will be held April 16 at 21 different colleges and universities throughout Tennessee.

Awards will include engraved plaques, money and certificates, including a certificate of participation each contest member will receive.

For more than 50 years Maryville College has been a testing site for the contest. Once again students from Blount, Loudon and Sevier counties will come to the College to compete in written examinations in Algebra I and II, Geometry, Statistics, Pre-calculus, and Calculus and Advanced Topics for the local section E-6 (east) geographical region. Almost 300 area students from 13 different schools are expected to compete.

The testing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Wilson Chapel and last until 11 a.m., when students will break for lunch. The awards ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Wilson Chapel.

Prior to 1957 several independent contests for high school mathematics were held at various locations in Tennessee. The TMTA effected a merger of these contests in 1957 and began to sponsor a contest open to all public, private and parochial high schools in Tennessee.

Maryville College junior Valerie Freel, who is majoring in math for teacher licensure, is currently writing a history of the math competition. The history, which will explore the contest on the state and local levels, is Freel's senior thesis project.

The contest is conducted as an academic festival where students represent their schools in competition with others at a nearby testing site. These specially selected school representatives compete with others for preeminence in their region and in the state.

Associate Professor of Mathematics and coordinator of the contest, Dr. Margie Ribble said, "There are two main purposes of the contest: to stimulate interest in mathematics by encouraging more students to include mathematics in their programs of study and to honor those students who are outstanding in their knowledge of mathematics through appropriate public recognition in their schools and their communities."

Trophies for Section E-6 (east) winners are sponsored by the following businesses and corporations: Am South Bank, Bristol & Bragg Diamond Jewelers, Rick McGill's Airport Toyota, Union Planters Bank, Neill Sandler Ford, Blackwood Insurance Agency, First Tennessee Bank, the Marion B. Tolar Award, Anderson Lumber Company, United Cities Gas, SunTrust Bank, Virtual Interactive Center, The Daily Times, Airport Olds-Cadillac, Proffitt's Department Store, Costner & Green Attorneys at Law, West Chevrolet and Builder Resource.

Scores of the top regional winners will be submitted to the TMTA executive committee for determination of the top state winners.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.