High school students who received awards in the LHU math competition joined one another for a photo after the awards ceremony. They are wearing the t-shirts that were given to all participants.
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Over 70 high school students from Central Pennsylvania participated in the Lock Haven University Second Annual Math Competition on November 11, 2009. Participating high schools were Bellefonte Area High School, Central Mountain High School, Southern Columbia High School and Hughesville Jr. Sr. High School.Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
Hosted by the Department of Mathematics, the competition provided an opportunity for academically talented students from different high schools to meet on another and engaged in friendly competition to test and stretch their skills. Dr. Muhammad Aslam, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, said that “It was an amazing experience to witness an energetic young group of students working on mathematical problems especially in their group challenge. If I was successful in arousing at least a few students to think about the importance of mathematics, I think I have achieved my goal.”
First and second place awards were presented for team contests and first, second, and third place awards were granted for individual performances in Category I (9-10 graders) and Category II (11-12 graders). Winners were as follows:
Category I, Group Test: First place, Lily McCullough, Mike Trowbridge, and Jesse Walker of Bellefonte Area High School; Second place, Rachel Salmon, John Fisher, and Cole Renninger from Central Mountain High School.
Category I, Individual Test: First place, Samantha Howell from Central Mountain High School; Second place, Rachel Salmon from Central Mountain High School; Third place, Billy Muzika from Bellefonte Area High School.
Category II, Group Test: First place, Bradley Middleton, Zak Salmon, and Katelyn Mackey from Central Mountain High School; Second place, Danny Boileau, Scott Zuback, and Sam Rockwell from Central Mountain High School.
Category II, Individual Test: First place, Scott Zuback; Second place, Bradley Middleton; Third place, Danny Boileau all of them from Central Mountain High School.
After the award ceremony, Dr. Aslam said, “The Department thanks the LHU administration for its encouragement and support for the competition. Special thanks go to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Deborah Erickson, for personally welcoming the students, and Dean of the college of Arts and Sciences, Dr. David White, for his contribution to award ceremony. Also, thanks to Mr. Stephen Lee, Director of Admissions, for his support to the event.”
Dr. Muhammad Aslam, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, organized the competition for the second time at LHU. He managed every aspect of this event. Dr. Richard Mikula, Dr. Jacinth Maynard, Dr. Angela Pile, and Professor Carol Rehn contributed in performing various tasks for the event. Almost all math faculty members including Professor Mark Seeber (retired) participated in one way or the other on the day of event. The LHU Math Club also helped in the event.
The Lock Haven University Department of Mathematics prepares students for success in their field. Graduates with a B.A. degree find employment in business, government, industry and the actuarial profession. Others have gone on to graduate schools for advanced degrees in the mathematical sciences at schools such as Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, Southern Illinois University, and Michigan State University. Those with a B.S. Education degree have found teaching positions throughout Pennsylvania and the country.