Hundreds of East Tennessee high school math students compete at Maryville College

April 12, 2004
Keni Lanagan, Administrative Assistant

A battle of wits, the mathematical kind, will be underway at Maryville College Tuesday, April 20, when more than 200 high school math students compete in an annual academic contest against peer schools for pre-eminence in their region and in the state.

Maryville College Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Margie Ribble is coordinating the event. "The contest is conducted as an academic festival where students represent their school in competition with others at a nearby testing center," Ribble said. "Maryville College serves as the host and testing center for Section E-6, the eastern part of Tennessee."

The Maryville College site is the only one in the state in which local businesses sponsor trophies in each division of the contest.

WHO: High school mathematics students from Blount, Loudon and Sevier counties will compete for first-, second- and third-place trophies.

WHAT: The 48 th annual Statewide High School Mathematics Contest Division E-6, sponsored by the Tennessee Mathematics Teachers' Association.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 20. Students begin pre-registration and check in at 8 a.m. The contest, in a test format, is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tests are graded, winners are determined and then announced during a 1:30 p.m. ceremony. The ceremony is approximately 20 minutes in length.

WHERE: Wilson Chapel/Theatre Complex on the Maryville College campus.

WHY: The major purposes of the contest are to stimulate interest in mathematics, raise the level of mathematics competence in Tennessee and to honor those students who are outstanding in their knowledge of mathematics through public recognition in their schools and their communities.

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.