2011 Math Challenge

The Second Annual Upper Peninsula High School Math Challenge was a success, drawing seventy-nine high school students (actually seventy-eight high school students and one middle school student) comprising twenty teams from seven high schools (and one middle school) from across the Upper Peninsula.  This was over twice the participation we had last year!

2011 UP High School Math Challenge

2011 UP High School Math Challenge Winner 2011 UP High School Math Challenge Winner 2011 UP High School Math Challenge Winner
Daniel Gershenson
1st Place Individual
Houghton Middle School
Matt Schulz
2nd Place Individual
Houghton High School
Julia Han
3rd Place Individual
Houghton High School
 
2011 UP Math Challenge 1st Place Team
First Place Team: Team Houghton (with three students from Houghton High School and one from Houghton Middle School).  Pictured (L-R) are Matt Schulz, Salina Zhang, Jaya Narah, Daniel Gershenson
 
2011 Math Challenge 2nd Place Team
Second Place Team:   Munising D (from Munising High School)
Pictured L-R:  Sean Hayes, James Brogan, Jordan LaCombe, Dylan Cromell
 
2011 Math Challenge 3rd place team
Third Place Team:  Girl4  (from Marquette Senior High School)
Pictured L-R: Paige Graham, Shannon Whitehouse, Sara Beck, Jordan Smith

Round One was the individual event:  ten problems, one at a time, with time limits of three to five minutes.  Each correct answer earned the individual competitor one point AND earned the team one point.

Round Two was the team event:  five problems, given to a team all at once.  The teams had forty-five minutes to solve the problems; each correct answer earned the team four points.

Round Three was the relay event:  Each member of the team was given a problem.  Each member, other than the first, requires the answer of the previous player to solve his/her own problem.  This was, to the students, by far the most fun event.  If the relay was solved in three, six, nine, or twelve minutes, the team earned four, three, two, or one point respectively.  The first, second, and third teams to submit correct answers received three, two, and one bonus points respectively.

There was a clear winner from the individual event, but there was a three-way tie for second place, so the tie was resolved with a Sudden Death question.  This question had no time limit.  The first person to get the right answer would earn second place, and the second person to get it right would earn third place.

The winning team was Houghton (with three students from Houghton High School and one from Houghton Middle School).  The second place team was Munising D (from Munising High) and third place went to Girl^4 (from Marquette Senior High School).

The complete results can be found at:  http://euclid.nmu.edu/~apoe/UPCHALLENGE2

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