Joshua Metzler, a Hope College senior from Chelsea, has finished third in the state in the 1998 William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition.

          Metzler's score of 47 out of 120 also earned 165th
  place nationally in the competition out of a total of 2,581
          He participated in the contest as part of a three-
  member Hope team that also included seniors Benjamin Messer
  of Stilwell, Kan., and James Vanderhyde of Comstock Park.
  The team placed 78th nationally out of teams representing
  419 institutions.
          The college's department of mathematics
  characterizes the Putnam Exam as "a notoriously challenging
  exam consisting of 12 mind-numbing problems."  The
  competitors are undergraduate students from throughout the
  United States and Canada, who take the examination on their
  own campuses in December.  The problems cut across many
  areas of mathematics, and are designed to test originality
  as well as technical competence.
          As one of the top three finishers among all
  students at Michigan colleges and universities, Metzler will
  be honored on Friday, May 7, during an awards banquet held
  by the Michigan Section of the Mathematical Association of
  America.  The banquet will be held on the campus of Eastern
  Michigan University in Ypsilanti.
          Metzler, who is a religion and chemistry major,
  competed in the exam during each of his four years at Hope.
  He was recently elected to the college's chapter of Phi Beta
  Kappa, and during Hope's Honors Convocation on Thursday,
  April 30, received the college's Senior Biblical Prize.
          He is a member of the college's chapter of Mortar
  Board and the Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honorary society.
  His activities also include varsity cross country and track,
  the College Chorus, the Fellowship of Christian Students and
  serving as a resident assistant.
          Metzler's immediate plan is to volunteer this
  summer with Jubilee Partners in Comer, Ga., a Christian
  community that works with refugees from war-torn parts of
  the world, teaching them English and helping them to find
  employment and housing in the Atlanta, Ga., area.  He served
  with the organization during Hope's past two spring breaks
  through mission trips coordinated by the college's campus
  ministries office.
          He is the son Paul and Arlene Seelbach of Chelsea,
  and Michael and Marcea Metzler of Dexter.  He is a 1995
  graduate of Chelsea High School.