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Math Day 2007 Results

The 18th Annual UNL Math Day was held on Thursday, November 8, 2007, 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 Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Barbara Couture. Math Day 1990 hosted 562 students from 68 Nebraska high schools. This year Math Day hosted 1,396 students from 94 Nebraska high schools. In the afternoon Award Ceremony, Professor John Meakin, Chair of the Mathematics Department, presented UNL scholarships totaling $34,000 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 3 females and males receive awards. 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 Dean H. and Floreen G. Eastman Memorial Fund for Mathematics, the College of Engineering and UNL. 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 (up to two alternates per team allowed). 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. Lincoln Pius X: Marian Hanigan, Ben Kotopka, Ben Magstadt, James Morin
  2. Lincoln East: Alex Churchill, Jim Hao, Alan Xu

Class B

  1. Duchesne: Nora Kovar, Catherine Tran, Sally Winkler
  2. Seward: Theresa Honeycutt, Kevin Jerger, Josh Luff, Jake Weber

Class C

  1. Mt. Michael: Josh Cox, Rio Kim, Sam Lathrop, Luke Weitkemper, Andrew Wimmer
  2. Creek Valley: Sarah Counts, Sam Dailey, Marshall Everitt, Timothy Kinoshita

Class D

  1. Pope John XXIII: Jessica Bartak, Mikayla Brune, Jordan Engle, Mark Moser, Andy Starman
  2. Exeter-Milligan: Klaire Jorgensen, Dean Kassik, Kelsey Moore

PROBE I-Team Competition

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

Class A

  1. Lincoln East (84.6): Alex Churchill, Alan Xu, Will Scheideler, Jim Hao, Brady Gilg
  2. Creighton Prep (74.4): Augusto Alonso, Paul Davey, Michael Lebens, Nicholas Davis, Christian Warneke
  3. Westside (67.6)
  4. Lincoln Southwest (67.2)
  5. Lincoln Southeast (64.6)

Class B

  1. Skutt Catholic (57.75): Tobias Letak, Chuck Ries, Anna Heffron, Kyle Tucker
  2. Seward (55.75): Marcus Gubanyi, Kevin Jerger, Theresa Honeycutt, George Couch
  3. Yutan (48.75)
  4. Norris (48.5)
  5. McCook (47.75)

Class C

  1. Mt. Michael (71.67): Donghun Park, Jung Gon Kim, Yongjoon Kim
  2. Grand Island Central Catholic (55.67): Laura Wirth, Joseph Starkey, Ashley Chalupa
  3. Wood River (47.33)
  4. Elmwood-Murdock (47)
  5. Weeping Water (46.67)

Class D

  1. Nebraska Evangelical Lutheran (54.67): Jerry Wu, Lee Jaewon, Roman Teig
  2. Pope John XXIII (44): Jordan Engle, Mikayla Brune, Mark Moser
  3. Archbishop Bergan (42)
  4. Lindsay Holy Family (41)
  5. Kenesaw (40)

PROBE I-Individual Competition

Top 3 (score out of 100 points, school)

1st Grace Lyden (Westside), 2nd Kelley Christensen (Lincoln East), 3rd Maesen Churchill (Lincoln East), 3rd Natasha Doty (Lincoln East), 3rd Laura Wirth (Grand Island Central Catholic), 3rd Tina Zheng (Lincoln East), (4-way tie for 3rd place).
1st Alex Churchill (Lincoln East), 2nd Alan Xu (Lincoln East), 3rd Will Scheideler (Lincoln East).

PROBE II (Scholarship Competition)

Place Name School
1 Alex Churchill Lincoln East
2 Adam Pillard Lincoln East
3 Alan Xu Lincoln East
4 Benjamin Kotopka Lincoln Pius X
5 Will Scheideler Lincoln East
6 Brady Gilg Lincoln East
7 Jim Hao Lincoln East
8 Skyler Lewis Omaha North
9 Benjamin Young Millard North
10 Sam Lathrop Mt. Michael