Students compete for top honors in math competition

For the third year in a row, math students from Marietta College showed other schools from Ohio they know how to compete.

"The fact that Marietta College teams have finished first and second in each of the last three years is an accomplishment," said Dr. Matt Menzel, Assistant Professor of Mathematics.

Two teams of Marietta mathematicians finished in the top two spots out of a total of 25 students on eight different teams representing five schools at the 12th annual East Central Colleges Undergraduate Student Mathematics Competition held at Otterbein College on April 4 in Westerville, Ohio.

At the three-hour competition, the teams work together to complete 10 math problems that are designed specifically for the competition. Marietta's teams took home first and second place honors.

Competing for the first place "Team e" were Tian Yang '09 (Beijing, China), Frances Bolden '09 (Waterford, Ohio) and Yi Wang '10 (Beijing, China) and for the second place "Team pi" were Xiao Yue Ni '12 (Sichuan Province, China), Jacob Bills '11 (St. Marys, W.Va.) and Si Si Liu '12 (Beijing, China).

"We (Associate Professor John Tynan and I) enjoy taking the students to competitions every year and we're glad to have students that have fun participating in them," Menzel said. "We're lucky to have some very strong math students at Marietta College and the ECC competition provides a great opportunity to see how our students compare to their peers at other schools."

In addition to the superior performances at the ECC competition, the same teams of Pioneers finished fifth and 28th, respectively, out of 30 schools at the Ohio section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) student competition. This was the sixth annual competition.