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Pierce County Team F wins SGSC math tournament


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Top school winners in the annual South Georgia State College High School Mathematics Tournament were (L-R) Jacob Hatcher (Ware), Andrew Fan (Pierce), Elizabeth Howell (Brantley) and Makayla Cross (Charlton). Top school winners in the annual South Georgia State College High School Mathematics Tournament were (L-R) Jacob Hatcher (Ware), Andrew Fan (Pierce), Elizabeth Howell (Brantley) and Makayla Cross (Charlton).

Team F from Pierce County High School won the annual South Georgia State College High School Mathematics Tournament hosted earlier this spring by SGSC’s Waycross Campus.

          

A total of 80 students from Brantley, Charlton, Pierce and Ware Counties participated in the competition. The first portion of the event featured a 75-minute, 40-question individual multiple choice exam that covered topics in the high school curriculum – algebra, trigonometry, geometry and calculus. Jacob Hatcher of Ware County High School captured first place. Austin Harris (Ware), Noah Cook (Ware), Andrew Fan (Pierce) and Pattison Boyle (Pierce) rounded out the top five individual winners. 

          

Recognition was also given to those students who had the highest exam score for their school. Makayla Cross (Charlton), Andrew Fan (Pierce), Jacob Hatcher (Ware) and Elizabeth Howell (Brantley) were the high scorers for their respective schools.

          

The top two scoring teams from each school based on the written exam competed in a team-oriented “ciphering round.” The teams were given the same ten questions and three minutes to answer each one. The number of points awarded was determined by how fast the teams could answer each question correctly.

          

A combined score from the written exam and the ciphering round determined the overall team winners. In addition to Pierce County Team F, other team winners were Ware County Team A (second place), Pierce County Team B (third place), Ware County Team B (fourth place) and Brantley County Team B (fifth place).

          

“This tournament recognizes academic talent within our region, and I am proud of that,” said Dr. Lisa Howell, professor of mathematics at SGSC and the tournament coordinator. “This event encourages students to have a continued interest in the areas of math and science.”

          

Pamela Baker and Diane Griffis from Pierce County were presented with the Dr. Barbara Losty Coach Award. The award is named in memory of the second president of the former Waycross College who passed away in September 2019.

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