Catawba Valley Community College recently hosted the fifth annual North Carolina Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (NCMATYC) MathCompetition.
Host CVCC won the tournament for the first time since the inaugural competition in 2010. Wake Tech Community College’s Main Campus team took second place by winning a tiebreaker with its sister campus, Wake Tech North, which took home the third-place trophy.
CVCC students who participated in the event were Zach Badertscher of Conover, Thomas Beasley of Taylorsville, Landon Fraley of Hickory, Michael Hester of Maiden, David Marhao of Granite Falls, Efrain Palafox of Hickory and Harrison Payne of Newton.
Ninety-three students from 12 colleges participated in the two part competition. The first event consists of a 40-question, 90-minute multiple-choice calculus test that each student takes individually. The top four scorers each win a plaque and a Visa gift card from NCMATYC.
CVCC’s Thomas Beasley and Omar Saffouri of Wake Tech tied for first in the individual competition, with Beasley consigning Saffouri to a second-place finish for the second year in a row via a tiebreak. Jisub Kim of Wake Tech took third ahead of Central Carolina’s Jordan McKay in a tiebreak.
The second event is a team competition in which students are grouped into teams of three or four and collaborate to solve problems in a range of pre-calculus subjects as quickly as possible to earn as many points as possible in 10 rounds.
The CVCC team of Zach Badertscher, Michael Hester, David Marhao and Efrain Palafox won the team event with a score of 70 points. With nine correct answers, CVCC’s team led the second place team by 13 points, the most in the history of the NCMATYC competition.
A team from Central Carolina finished second, followed by one of the Wake Tech Main Campus teams. Members of the top three teams received Olympic-style medals and gift certificates from Best Buy.