ORAU sponsors more than 500 middle school students to compete in Pellissippi State Community College math competition
Sixty East TN students place at Pellissippi State Middle School Mathematics Contest
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—More than 500 local middle school students arrived at Pellissippi State Community College on Friday with sharpened pencils and calculators in hand, prepared to put their math skills to the test in the 18th annual Pellissippi State Middle School Mathematics Contest, which ORAU has sponsored for the last 15 years. Sixty student participants walked away with prizes for top-level scores.
This year, students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades representing 32 East Tennessee middle schools, as well as home schooled students, competed in the contest. In its 18th year, the contest has garnered participation from almost 10,000 middle school students since it began in 2000. With ORAU's sponsorship, there is no cost for students to compete.
"This event has been a priority for Pellissippi State as it allows us to engage students in the community with mathematics opportunities and our college," said Jonathan Lamb, Pellissippi State math professor. "Thanks to ORAU's annual support, we can continue to provide this opportunity to local middle school students."
During the contest, students each took one 60-minute test with a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions related to Tennessee mathematics standards for their specific grade level. The top 20 students in each grade were presented with awards and Elynn An, from Farragut Middle School, was awarded $900 for receiving the highest score overall for the day.
"Supporting events and programs that encourage student development in mathematics is crucial to developing STEM education and the STEM workforce as a whole," said Andy Page, ORAU's President and CEO. "ORAU has enjoyed working with Pellissippi State Community College in the past 15 years to provide a competitive, fun math experience to local middle school students."
In addition to competing for the best overall score, the top 20 scoring students in each grade were presented with the following prizes during the awards ceremony: $500 for first place, $350 for second place, $225 for third place, $150 for fourth place and $100 for fifth place. Winners who placed 6th to 20th in the contest received $75 to $25 gift cards.
Results from the 2018 Middle School Math Competition
Individual top 20 from each grade:
|6th Grade||7th Grade||8th Grade|
|1.||Elynn An, Farragut||Dylan Christensen, Jefferson - Oak Ridge||Joshua Lin, Farragut|
|2.||Nicholas Yan, Farragut||Ridhima Singh, Farragut||Daniel Lee, Farragut|
|3.||Iris Chen, Farragut||Dimitri Kalinin, St. John Neumann||Jacob Southern, Jefferson - Oak Ridge|
|4.||Madeline Gao, Farragut||Emily Moran, Jefferson - Oak Ridge||Alice Tang, Farragut|
|5.||Richard Yao, West Valley||Riley Webb, Clinton||Kelly Su, West Valley|
|6.||Grace Feng, West Valley||Hayden Brackeen, Bearden||Sidney Ozcan, Jefferson - Oak Ridge|
|7.||Hunter Dance, Bearden||Freya Cordell, Farragut||Henry Dansereau, Bearden|
|8.||Fletcher Stockton, North Middle School||Justin Lee, West Valley||Raymond Jin, Farragut|
|9.||Marlee Jones, North Middle School||Ethan Hu, Farragut||Max Harper, Bearden|
|10.||Jesse Hao, West Valley||Alan Tan, Farragut||Rishi Soni, Cleveland|
|11.||Emmie Bankston, Bearden||Braden Thompson, Karns||Lydia Pulsinelli, West Valley|
|12.||Eli Vickers, Bearden||Hunter Evans, Clinton||Joseph Ansary, West Valley|
|13.||Elnur Usmonov, James Frank White||Hunter Mullins, North||Jayden Beal, North Middle School|
|14.||Coston Autry, Coulter Grove||Arnav Dayal, West Valley||Mason Sandidge, Karns|
|15.||Alanie Keith, West Valley||Amanda Matzek, North Middle School||Alex Shanafield, Jefferson - Oak Ridge|
|16.||Lily Lampkin, Carter||Patrick Howard, Karns||Jessica Mohr, Jefferson - Oak Ridge|
|17.||Gabriel Weber, Robertville||Bristol White, Carter||Alonso Vela, St. John Neumann|
|18.||Anusha Anil, North Middle School||Grace Han, Jefferson - Oak Ridge||Shravya Tathineni, West Valley|
|19.||Andrew Lamb, Karns||Sachi Griffin, Jefferson - Oak Ridge||Emily Seibel, Karns|
|20.||Hayden Churchwell, Maury||Blake Smith, Carter||Michaela Reeves, Rhea County|
ORAU's K-12 STEM Programs Section Manager Marie Westfall congratulates top-scoring 8th grade students who participated in the Pellissippi State Middle School Math Contest on Friday.
ORAU's K-12 STEM Programs Section Manager Marie Westfall congratulates top-scoring 7th grade students who participated in the Pellissippi State Middle School Math Contest on Friday.
ORAU's K-12 STEM Programs Section Manager Marie Westfall congratulates top-scoring 6th grade students who participated in the Pellissippi State Middle School Math Contest on Friday.
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