Marietta College students perform well at math competitions

Marietta College's math students have every right to brag.

Two teams of Marietta mathematicians finished in the top two spots out of 15 teams representing eight schools at the 11th annual East Central Colleges Undergraduate Student Mathematics Competition held recently at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio.

At the competition, teams work together to complete 10 math problems, which are designed specifically for the competition. This is the second consecutive year that Marietta College teams have finished first and second in the contest.

Competing for the first place Team Abelian were Tian Yang '09 (Beijing, China), Tian Zhang '08 (Beijing, China) and Frances Bolden '08 (Waterford, Ohio) and for the second place Team Jacobian were Harrison Potter '08 (Rochester, N.Y.), Kelsie McCartney '08 (Marietta, Ohio) and Phil DeOrsey '08 (Bellingham, Mass.).

"The math faculty members recognize that we have the opportunity to work with outstanding students at Marietta College, and the ECC competition allows us to see how some of our students compare with those at our peer institutions," said Dr. Matt Menzel, assistant professor in mathematics. "We're very proud of the work that our students do and it's rewarding to see them do so well in the competition."

In addition to the superior performances at the ECC competition, a team of three Pioneers finished third at the Ohio section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) meeting hosted by Marietta College. This was the fifth annual MAA student competition and there were 31 teams and nearly 90 students present from various colleges around Ohio.

The third place team consisted of Potter, DeOrsey and Bolden and they have the distinction of being the first ever Marietta College team to place in the top three at an MAA competition.