Hope Team Wins Lower
Michigan Mathematics Competition
Posted May 6, 2002
HOLLAND -- A three-member student team from Hope
College has won this year's Lower Michigan Mathematics
A total of 31 teams from 11 colleges and
universities competed in the event, held at Olivet College
on Saturday, April 6.
The winning Hope team consisted of Stefan Coltisor
of Bucharest, Romania, who recently completed his freshman
year; Caleb Gleason of Hudsonville, who recently completed
his junior year; and Richard Smith of Athens, N.Y., a member
of the graduating Class of 2002.
Two other Hope teams also competed in this year's
Lower Michigan Mathematics Competition. The team of Joel
Berrier and Heidi Libner tied for 20th/21st, and the team of
Henry Gould and Mike Rininger tied for 22nd/23rd. Berrier
is from Michigan City, Ind., and a member of the graduating
Class of 2002; Gould is from Zeeland and recently completed
his freshman year; Libner is from Park Ridge, Ill., and
recently completed her freshman year; and Rininger is from
Holland and recently completed his freshman year.
In addition to Hope, the colleges and universities
that fielded teams included Albion College, Alma College,
Calvin College, Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo
College, Lawrence Tech, Olivet College, Saginaw Valley State
University, the University of Michigan at Dearborn and the
University of Michigan at Flint.
The Lower Michigan Mathematics Competition results
represent a second strong showing in mathematics this year
for Hope students. In December, Peter Van Wylen of Holland,
who recently completed his freshman year, finished in the
top 13 among students from participating Michigan colleges
and universities in the nationwide William Lowell Putnam
Van Wylen's score on the Putnam exam was 22 out of
a possible 120 points, ranking him 365th out of the 2,954
students who took the exam nationwide. In addition, Dana
Ranschaert of Holland, a member of the graduating Class of
2002, earned one point on the exam, ranking in the top half
(1,470th) of those who took the exam. Typically, more than
half of the students who take the exam score zero, and the
top score this year was 101.
The college's team of students taking the Putnam
exam ranked in the top half, 148th, of the 336 teams
participating. In addition to Ranschaert and Van Wylen, the
Hope students who competed were: Berrier; Coltisor; Carrie
Halvorsen of Traverse City, who recently completed her
sophomore year; and Brian Yurk of Schoolcraft, who recently
completed his junior year.