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ORAU sponsors more than 500 middle school students to compete in Pellissippi State Community College math competition
Amanda Freuler
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
More than 500 local middle school students arrived at
Pellissippi State Community College on Friday with sharpened pencils and
calculators in hand, prepared to put their math skills to the test in the
18th annual Pellissippi State Middle School Mathematics Contest, which ORAU
has sponsored for the last 15 years. Sixty student participants walked away
with prizes for top-level scores.
This year, students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades representing 32 East
Tennessee middle schools, as well as home schooled students, competed in the
contest. In its 18th year, the contest has garnered participation from almost
10,000 middle school students since it began in 2000. With ORAU’s
sponsorship, there is no cost for students to compete.
“This event has been a priority for Pellissippi State as it allows us to
engage students in the community with mathematics opportunities and our
college,” said Jonathan Lamb, Pellissippi State math professor. “Thanks
to ORAU’s annual support, we can continue to provide this opportunity to
local middle school students.”
During the contest, students each took one 60-minute test with a combination
of multiple choice and short answer questions related to Tennessee
mathematics standards for their specific grade level. The top 20 students in
each grade were presented with awards and Elynn An, from Farragut Middle
School, was awarded $900 for receiving the highest score overall for the day.
“Supporting events and programs that encourage student development in
mathematics is crucial to developing STEM education and the STEM workforce as
a whole,” said Andy Page, ORAU’s President and CEO. “ORAU has enjoyed
working with Pellissippi State Community College in the past 15 years to
provide a competitive, fun math experience to local middle school
In addition to competing for the best overall score, the top 20 scoring
students in each grade were presented with the following prizes during the
awards ceremony: $500 for first place, $350 for second place, $225 for third
place, $150 for fourth place and $100 for fifth place. Winners who placed 6th
to 20th in the contest received $75 to $25 gift cards.
Results from the 2018 Middle School Math Competition
Individual top 20 from each grade:
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