Regional high school math whizzes shine at SAU tournament

March 18, 2014

Group photo of all winnersMore than 130 regional high school students competed in the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ACTM) Regional Mathematics Contest on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Southern Arkansas University.

“SAU hosts annually this annual regional tournament to recognize high school students with exceptional mathematics skills”, said Dr. Khalil Dajani, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at SAU. “This event serves as a great opportunity to highlight the academic achievements for our region’s young mathematicians.”

Dajani welcomed the students at the awards ceremony and told them about SAU’s new Engineering and Computer Game and Animation Design and degree programs. These Computer Game and Animation Design program started in 2013, while the exciting new Engineering program is set to kick off in Fall 2014. These programs serve the state and south Arkansas counties with unique opportunities for students.

Faculty from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science proctored and graded the competitors’ exams. Faculty participation included Dr. Deborah Kincaid (ACTM Regional Director), Dajani, Dr. Hasan Shehada, Dr. John Hutchens, Dr. Hong Cheng, Beth McDowell and Katie Moe.

Kincaid announced the award winners for first, second and third from the various mathematics disciplines, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry/Pre-calculus, Calculus and Probability and Statistics.

Dajani presented the region’s winners with trophies. Students placing first, second or third, along with others from a statewide pool of high scores, will be invited to participate in the state contest. It is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2014, on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

Awards winners are as follows:


First place:  Claire Lavoie/El Dorado High
Second place: Lauryn Bocox/Arkansas High
Third place:  Hannah Craf/El Dorado High


First place: Hannah McQuerrey/Arkansas High
Second place: Jon Pardue/Arkansas High
Third place:  Zac Harrington/Magnolia High


First place: William Reed/Arkansas High
Second place: Kayli Tomasheski/Arkansas High
Third place: Mason Rostollan/Arkansas High


First place: Cat Sampson/Smackover High
Second place: Sam Zargari/Smackover High
Third place: Bailee Cummings/Arkansas High

Algebra II

First place: Martin Boerwinkle/El Dorado High
Second place: Brycelynn Bailey/Smackover High
Third place: Maxine Williams/Arkansas High

Algebra I

First place: Micah Haney/Barton Jr. High
Second place: Precious Dorman/Smackover
Third place: Michaela Matocha/Barton Jr. High

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