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Indiana's Top High School Problem Solvers to Test Skills in One of the Nation's Largest and Oldest Math Contests

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Math Contest students hard at work.

Figuring Things Out: Students will have one hour to solve 20 challenging problems in the Rose-Hulman High School Mathematics Competition. Awards are presented to the top students, teams, and schools.

Indiana's top high school problem solvers will showcase their math skills on Saturday in the Rose-Hulman High School Mathematics Competition. Nearly 450 students from 26 schools are expected to participate in the event, celebrating its historic 50th year-making it one of the nation's longest-running high school math contests.

Award winners in the competition-many of them already former MATHCOUNTS competition individual national champions in middle school-have gone on to be named Indiana's Mr./Miss Math or Mr./Miss Science, named to the USA Today All-USA High School Academic Team or appointed members of the U.S. team in the International Mathematics Olympiad.

The event has become one of the Midwest's largest academic competitions, with exams also administered in Cincinnati and St. Louis for area high schools.

Carmel High School is the defending school champion and has captured top honors for the past six years. Competition will come this year from schools in the following areas:

Central Indiana: Covenant Christian, Fishers, Hamilton Southeastern, Lutheran, Mooresville, Park Tudor, Pendleton Heights, Signature, Shortridge, University, and Zionsville.

Wabash Valley: Terre Haute South, Terre Haute North, West Vigo, and South Vermillion.

Evansville: Castle, New Tech Institute, and Signature.

Other Indiana: Harrison (Lafayette), Lakeland (South Bend), Liberty Christian (Anderson), Marion, and Milan.

Students returning to defend last year's grade group titles are seniors Tingyue Cui of Terre Haute South, Christina Duffield of University School, and Daniel Vance of Fishers; juniors Caleb He and Anthony Ji, both of Carmel; and sophomores John Dalloul of Terre Haute South, Jay Maturi of University School, Michelle Shen and Allen Zhao of Park Tudor, and Pranav Sriram of Carmel.

Also, three members of Indiana's national champion MATHCOUNTS middle-school competition are planning to participate in the freshman class division: Kevin Liu (2015 national MATHCOUNTS individual champion) and Joey Heerens, both of Carmel, and Alex Gu of Park Tudor.

Competitors have one hour to answer 20 questions covering a wide range of mathematics categories. Awards are given at individual and school levels for all four grade levels.

A perfect 100-point score is a rare achievement for students in this challenging competition, according to mathematics professor John Rickert. He helps organize the event for Rose-Hulman's Department of Mathematics.

Emeriti faculty member Herb Bailey has developed the test questions for all 50 years of the competition's existence.