5th Annual Marion Mathematics Challenge
Top individual winners in each grade level. From left to right: Dalton Skaggs - North Union High School, 9th grade; Isaac Zachmann, Pleasant High School, 10th grade; Evan Hunsicker, Ridgedale High School, 11th grade; and Linsie Zhang - Pleasant High School, 12th grade.
2nd place team from Marion Harding High School: Bishop Oldfield, Phil Nicol, Madison Randolph, Randi Goney, Michelle Houston, Katherine Steinberger
1st place team from Pleasant High School: Isaac Zachmann, Linsie Zhang, Halle Marvich, Brett Wilson Madison Johnson, Drayson Campbell
3rd Place team from Highland High School:Jessica Woodward, Brandon Sipe, Colton Oakley, Rachel Klugh, Evan Connor, Logan Veley
Pleasant, Harding, and Highland take team honors in challenge
(Marion) More than 200 local high school students from eight area schools came to the Marion Campus to test their math prowess in the Fifth Annual Math Challenge, hosted by The Ohio State University at Marion and Marion Technical College.
Students from Cardington, Elgin, Marion Harding, Highland, North Union, Pleasant, Ridgedale, and River Valley competed for top school team. OSUM and MTC awarded $13,000 in scholarships to student participants. A total of $9,000 in Ohio State Marion scholarships and $4,000 in Marion Technical College scholarships were awarded to students at this year’s math challenge.
“This is a fun, friendly way to focus on math and recognize our best and brightest high school students,” said David Gorenflo, Marion Technical College Tech Prep Consultant.
According to Ohio State Marion Associate Professor of Mathematics John Maharry, the Math Challenge is impactful because it makes a connection between our higher education institutions and some of the most talented area high school students.
"It raises awareness of both schools, it raises awareness of the science and engineering programs that we offer. It also raises the excitement level for the students. They get a chance to get accolades for their academic performance," said Associate Professor Maharry.
"This is the fifth high school program and we also offer a middle school program in the spring. This event has had 150 to 200 students every year and the middle school has about 250 students every year,” said Maharry.
“So, that’s thousands of students that have come through here taking these tests and a lot of scholarships come out of it,” said Maharry. “We’ve had students come to the schools here on scholarships that were from this program.”
First place winners in each grade 9th through 12th received $1,000 scholarship to both institutions. Second place winners in each grade earned a $750 scholarship to attend Ohio State Marion. 3rd place winners in each grade earned a $500 scholarship to attend Ohio State Marion.
Winners in grade 9
1st Place: Dalton Skaggs - North Union High School, $2,000 scholarship
2nd Place: Halle Marvich - Pleasant High School, $750 scholarship
3rd Place: Kayla Kramer - North Union High School, $500 scholarship
Winners in grade 10
1st Place: Isaac Zachmann - Pleasant High School, $2,000 scholarship
2nd Place: Alicia McElwee - Cardington High School, $750 scholarship
3rd Place: James Enders - Pleasant High School, $500 scholarship
Winners in grade 11
1st Place: Evan Hunsicker - Ridgedale High School, $2,000 scholarship
2nd Place: Phil Nicol - Harding High School, $750 scholarship
3rd Place: Logan Veley - Highland High School, $500 scholarship
Winners in grade 12
1st Place: Linsie Zhang - Pleasant High School, $2,000 scholarship
2nd Place: Michelle Houston - Harding High School, $750 scholarship
3rd Place: Randi Goney - Harding High School, $500 scholarship
In addition to congratulating the participants and the winners, Ohio State Marion and Marion Technical College would like to thank area businesses for their donations supporting the Math Challenge:
• Wm. Kay Davis and Evelyn E. Walter Foundations for providing all trophies and awards
• BlueFusion Entertainment for providing certificates for free bowling for all participants
•Wyandot for generously offering snacks for all participants
Thanks to our volunteer committee who made this Math Challenge possible:
Dr. Brian McEnnis – Ohio State Marion Professor of Mathematics Emeritus
Dr. John Maharry – Ohio State Marion, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Kelley Harding – Marion Technical College
Sally O’Connor – Marion Technical College
Tyler Maley – Marion Technical College