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MHS students earn awards at annual mathematics competition

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Several Marion High School students competed at the 46th annual Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics National Convention in St. Louis last month, and MHS earned several top-20 individual and team awards.

MHS was represented by 22 students at the convention, which ran from July 10 through 15. The team placed 18th overall out of 55 teams nationally, earning its fifth top-20 finish in its fifth year of participation.

Here's a look at the national awards the Giants brought home:
  • The MHS team earned first place in the Trivia Mixer competition(in which students from various schools competed together, and earned points for participation in wining groups); 14th in the Scrapbook competition; and 20th in the Poster competition.
  • Doug Porter, MHS math teacher and Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society sponsor, placed 8th in Sponsor Mental Math and 9th in Sponsor Speed Math
  • Josh Kelley, a junior, placed 13th in Chalk Talk, Alpha division (for students who have taken Algebra 2).
  • Zach Spitzer, who graduated with the Class of 2016 and is headed to the University of Notre Dame this fall, placed 13th in Chalk Talk, Mu division (the top division, for students who have taken Calculus).
  • Jonathan Walts, a sophomore, placed 13th in Chalk Talk, Theta division (for those students who have not yet taken Algebra 2) and 18th in Theta Gemini, a multiple-choice written test.
  • Elizabeth Wuertley, a junior, placed 17th in Alpha Gemini.
  • Nick Spitzer, a senior, placed 19th in Systems of Equations, Alpha division.
Other Mu Alpha Theta members competing were Elijah Beal, Truman Bennet, Anne Conrad, Greer Decker, Ethan Eltzroth, Destinee Fannin, Caitlin Griffin, Megan Griffin, Micah Hoeksema, Alex Lyons, Lindsay Ngo, Chanveda Phuong, Maria Porter, Sophia Porter, Sophie Schenck, Maddison Uncapher, Darice Upchurch. MHS teacher Angela Sellers also competed in the sponsor competitions.

Students stayed on the campus of Washington University, and also had the opportunity to visit local attractions including the iconic St. Louis Gateway Arch, the St. Louis Zoo, and the St. Louis Art Museum. Students also got to enjoy unique restaurants in the city, including two that have been featured on the Food Network’s show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. The group also watched the St. Louis Cardinals topple the Pittsburgh Pirates in a Major League Baseball game. The convention itself featured workshops, social events, and other activities, as well as award ceremonies.

Mu Alpha Theta is a national mathematics honor society for students in high school and two-year colleges, dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics.