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Math Day 2001 Results

The 12th Annual UNL Math Day was held on Thursday, November 8, 2001, at the UNL city campus Union. Opening ceremonies began at 8:00 a.m. in the Lied Center for Performing Arts with the Welcome Address by Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs David Brinkerhoff. Math Day 1990 hosted 562 students from 68 Nebraska high schools. This year Math Day hosted 1,312 students from 94 Nebraska schools. Late in the morning, Chancellor Harvey Perlman greeted the Nebraska High School Teachers in the Union Auditorium welcoming them to Lincoln for Math Day. The afternoon ceremony included the final Championship bowl rounds for Class A, B, C and D and the distribution of awards for the PROBE I competition. Dr. Donald O. Clifton, Chairman of Gallup International Education and Research Center, awarded the $34,000 Gallup sponsored UNL scholarships to the top 10 students in the PROBE II competition.

The purpose of Math Day is to promote the mathematical sciences and UNL. It consists of two individual and two team mathematics competitions, information about majors and departments, career information and recreational mathematical activities. All students start with a multiple choice, preliminary exam called PROBE I (Problems Requiring Original and Brilliant Effort). The top 50 students move on to take the now famous essay exam called PROBE II. The top 10 on PROBE II are awarded a total of $34,000 in 4-year scholarships to UNL. The scholarships are generously supported by the Gallup Organization. The first team competition is determined by averaging the top scores from each school on PROBE I. The second is a double elimination tournament pitting 3-member teams against each other. The team competitions are divided into smallest, small, medium and large school categories with trophies given to the top two teams in each. All the questions assume only two years high school algebra and one year geometry. However the answers to PROBE II questions require the creativity and originality that we expect from only the very best students.

Math Bowl Tournament

Class A

  1. Elkhorn High School: Robert Benson, Holly Schiltz, Zach Thiemann, Derek Wood
  2. Omaha North High School: Vineet Agrawal, John Herzinger, Paula Madgett, Yuliy Pisetsky, James Starr

Class B

  1. Grand Island Central Catholic High School: Benjamin Bialas, Tyler Huismann, Dusty Sorahan
  2. Seward High School: Mark Hoger, Mitch Mueller, Pat Reisinger

Class C

  1. Morrill High School: Katy Anderson, Andy Bastian, Ashley Bastian, Erin Mecklem, Ross Miller
  2. Humboldt High School: Tala Burnison, Crystal Ellis, Jill Speers, Jessi Standerford, Swalpa Udit

Class D

  1. Nemaha Valley High School: Amy Ebeler, Ann Moles, Holly Morris, Laura Wagoner
  2. Nebraska Evangelical High School: Joel Davies, James Enderle, Christy Gotta, Rebecca Meyer, Tanya Weichel

PROBE I-Team Competition

(Maximum possible team score is 100; Team members listed for 1st and 2nd place.)

Class A

  1. Omaha North (82.80): Yuliy Pisetsky, Paula Madgett, Vineet Agrawal, John Herzinger, Patricia Holley
  2. Creighton Prep (79.80): Michael Bogacz, Colin Dinsmore, Andrew Hoffmann, Peter Cavanaugh, Ted Erickson
  3. Lincoln Northeast (79.40)
  4. Lincoln East (78.40)
  5. Omaha Westside (76.40)

Class B

  1. Skutt Catholic (64.25): Ryan Loneman, Amy Peet, Emily Hamilton, Nick Stremlau
  2. Auburn (60.50): Kevin Chevalier, Craig Dietz, Kevin Krause, Brandon Oestmann
  3. Ashland-Greenwood (59.75)
  4. Grand Island Central Catholic (59.50)
  5. Norris (59.25)

Class C

  1. Kearney Catholic (75.00): Nate Sorensen, Michael Jensen, Tyler Hoehn
  2. Brownell-Talbot (71.33): Melitta Andersen, Timothy Maly, Neeraj Agarwal
  3. Mt. Michael (59.67)
  4. Heartland Community Schools (58.67)
  5. Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer (56.67)

Class D

  1. Nemaha Valley (65.00): Holly Morris, Anne Wellensiek, Ann Moles
  2. Nebraska Evangelical Lutheran (60.00): Brittany Clayton, Joel Davies, James Enderle
  3. Dorchester (54.33)
  4. Pope John XXIII Central Catholic (52.00)
  5. Mead (51.67)

PROBE I-Individual Competition

Top 3 (score out of 100 points, school)

Paula Madgett (89, Omaha North), Swalpa Udit (85, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer), Thuy Hong (82, Lincoln Northeast)
Nate Sorensen (96, Kearney Catholic), (5-way Tie for 2nd) Robert Benson (92, Elkhorn), Michael Bogacz (92, Creighton Prep), Yuliy Pisetsky (92, Omaha North), Jonathan Potter (92, Omaha Northwest), Tyler Seacreast (92, Lincoln Southeast)

PROBE II (Scholarship Competition)

Place Name School
1 Jonathan Potter Omaha Northwest
2 Yuliy Pisetsky Omaha North
3 Nate Sorensen Kearney Catholic
4 Jonathan Mason Lincoln Northeast
5 Tyler Seacrest Lincoln Southeast
6 Robert Benson Elkhorn
7 Michael Bogacz Creighton Prep
8 Stephen Anthony Lincoln East
9 Swalpa Udit Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer
10 Tim Carrell Lincoln East