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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.

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