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High school math students honored at UI math competition

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa department of mathematics recently honored local high school students at its first-ever UI Mathematics Competition. The competition was March 1 for about 130 eastern Iowa high school students.

In the Sprint Round, large school winners were: 9th Grade, Chris Cornelius, Linn-Mar High, Marion; 10th Grade, Erik Steelman, Iowa City West High; llth Grade, Peter Russo, Iowa City West High; and 12th Grade, Rhett Sutphin, Iowa City West High. Small school winners were: 9th Grade, Eric Talmadge, home schooled, Marion; 10th Grade, Michael Runyon, Harmony High, Farmington; 11th Grade, Luke Wilson, Davis County High, Bloomington; and 12th Grade, Jacob Fett, Harmony High, Farmington.

In the Target Round, large school winners were: 9th Grade, James Hegeman and T.C. Waite, Iowa City West; 10th Grade, Tony Langasek, Davenport West High, and Katie Schuster and Brent Wiese, Iowa City West High; 11th Grade, Jon Edwards, Iowa City West High; and -- with a perfect score -- 12th Grade, Rhett Sutphin, Iowa City West High. Small schools winners were: 9th Grade, Eric Talmadge, home schooled, Marion; 10th Grade, Michael Runyon, Harmony High, Farmington; 11th Grade, Kathy Bolin, Davis County High, Bloomington; 12th Grade, Ty Hartwick, Davis County High, Bloomington.

Overall large school team scores in the Competition were: 1st Place, Iowa City West High, 316 points; 2nd Place, Davenport West High, 136; and 3rd Place, Iowa City High, 134. Small school overall scores were: 1st Place, Davis County High, 134 points; 2nd Place, Williamsburg High, 99; and 3rd Place, Harmony High, 34.

The UI Mathematics Competition was sponsored by the department of mathematics and Students Undertaking Mathematical Sciences (SUMS), the UI student math club. Competition planners included UI Mathematics Professor Paul Muhly, Terry Sargent, UI junior math student and SUMS chair, UI senior math student Ben Galluzzo, and Iowa City West High School mathematics instructors Linda Muhly, Mike Marcketti and Brad Glass. High school math teachers accompanying participants included: Martha Wiley, Harmony High, Farmington; Steve Wilson, Davis County High, Bloomington; Hildasue Peterson and Joanne Scovall, Davenport West High; and Karen Page, Cedar Falls High.

3/13/97