Three Hope Teams Place in Top 10 in MATH Challenge
Posted November 27, 2001
HOLLAND -- A total of three teams from Hope
College placed in the top 10 in the Michigan Autumn Take
Home (MATH) Challenge, held on Saturday, Nov. 3.
The challenge consists of a set of mathematics
problems that teams of students solve at their home
institutions. Hope fielded four teams of two or three
students each, placing third, 10th (two teams) and 27th out
of 32 teams.
The Hope participants will be recognized during a
mathematics colloquium held on campus on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at
4 p.m. in room 104 of VanderWerf Hall.
In third place, with 80 points out of a possible
100, was the team of freshman Stefan Coltisor of Bucharest,
Romania; junior Lilyana Mihalkova of Pazardjik, Bulgaria;
and junior Alex Sherstov of Karaganda, Kazakhstan.
Hope's two 10th-place teams earned 47 points each.
One team consisted of sophomore Carrie Halvorsen of Traverse
City; freshman Heidi Libner of Park Ridge, Ill.; and junior
Rebekah Thomas of St. Louis, Mo. The other 10th-place team
consisted of junior Clay Cressler of Indianapolis, Ind.;
sophomore Benjamin Schoettle of Zeeland; and sophomore Dan
Schroyer of Marysville.
Competing on the 27th-place team, which earned 32
points, were seniors Joel Berrier of Michigan City, Ind.,
and Richard Smith of Athens, N.Y.
Dr. Aaron Cinzori and Dr. Dyana Harrelson, each an
assistant professor of mathematics at Hope, served as the
teams' faculty advisors.
Teams from Albion College and Calvin College tied
for first with 84 points each. The other top-10 finishes
were: fourth place, Lawrence Technological University (79
points); fifth place, the University of Michigan-Flint (74
points); sixth place, Alma College and Kalamazoo College (61
points each); eighth place, Albion College (55 points);
ninth place, Saginaw Valley State University (53 points);
10th place, Central Michigan University (47 points).
Also participating were teams from Millsaps
College, Mississippi University for Women and St. Norbert
College. Alma College organized the competition.