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Annual High School Math Contest held at University of the Cumberlands


North Laurel was the overall winner of the 2014 Math Contest

Williamsburg, Ky. – Students from eight area schools gathered at University of the Cumberlands (UC) on Monday, April 14 for the annual High School Mathematics Contest. The competition, sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Physics, seeks to promote studies in these areas and to prepare students for careers in the fields of mathematics, physics and engineering.

UC faculty, staff and 33 undergraduate volunteers welcomed 135 high school students as they competed in six different exams. The event began with a lecture on “When Can I Say Can’t?: Impossibilities,” presented by Lipscomb University (LU) professor and chair of the LU mathematics department, Dr. Carroll Wells.

Dr. Larry Cockrum UC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, presented winners with trophies, plaques and certificates after speaking briefly to the visitors on the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the modern world.

“The contest was a great success,” said Ms. Diane Jamison, UC math professor. “UC students enjoyed Dr. Carroll Wells’ presentation. His presentation always contains some humor along with some enlightening math facts. His talk opened with facts about people who had achieved much in spite of trying circumstances."

Students competed in six areas of exams: algebra I, algebra II, geometry, pre-calculus, calculus and cooperative group. Participating schools were: Corbin, Corbin, Ky.; North Laurel HS, London, Ky.; Oneida Baptist Institute, Oneida, Ky.; Sayre School, Lexington, Ky.; Somerset Christian School; Somerset, Ky.; Whitley County HS, Williamsburg, Ky., Southwestern HS, Somerset, Ky., Madison Southern HS, Berea, Ky., Harlan School, Harlan Ky., and Pineville, Pineville, Ky.

“The Math and Physics Department host the competition to give recognition to high school students interested in the field of math and physics,” said Jamison. “The exams strengthen critical thinking skills and give students opportunity to sharpen their test taking skills. Interaction with university students who also share a love for the disciplines of math and physics hopefully encourages these students to further pursue their own goals in fields related to the disciplines.”

Overall School Winners:

1st-North Laurel High School

2nd- Sayre School

3rd- Tie between Corbin High School and Oneida Baptist Institution

Algebra I:

1st- J.D. McVey, Corbin High School

2nd- Walker House, North Laurel High School

3rd- Caleb Siler, Whitley County High School

4th- Emilee Albright, North Laurel High School

5th- Missy Hill, Sayre Middle School

Algebra II:

1st- Arjun Kanthawar, North Laurel High School

2nd- Nikhil Krishna, Corbin High School

3rd- Robert Brofford, Whitley County High School

4th- Austin Dunagan, Southwestern High School

5th- Brett Gaynor, North Laurel High School


1st- Hayden Adams, Sayre School

2nd- Philip Golden, Somerset Christian School

3rd- Mark Carrender, Somerset Christian School

4th- Yihan Yin, Sayre School

5th- Weston Griebel, North Laurel High School


1st- Travis Conley, Madison Southern

2nd- Jason Lee, Oneida Baptist Institute

3rd- Ramzi Hamdalla, Sayre Middle School

4th- Jake McFadden, North Laurel High School

5th-Chris Everitt, Madison Southern


1st- Daniel Li, Oneida Baptist Institute

2nd- Will Funke- Southwestern High School

3rd- Nicholas Waltman, Sayre School

4th- Abigail Smith, North Laurel High

5th- Chandler Absher, Southwestern High School

Cooperative Group Exams:

1st- From Sayre School: Chauncey Hill, Nausher Hussain, and Alek Zieba

2nd-From North Laurel High School: Pooja Kanthawar, Elaina McPhetridge, Gabbie Smith, and Kathryn Wilkerson

3rd- From Southwestern High School: Tyler Blair, Jamme Butler- Guntrie, Skyler Luttrell, and Emily Stugan

Stephen Grant, a teacher from Oneida Baptist Institute said, “It was a wonderful day! My students enjoyed the event very much and I look forward to it each and every year. I want to thank University of the Cumberlands for allowing us to be a part of the contest again this year.”

University of the Cumberlands would like to congratulate all the winners and participants of the 2014 High School Mathematics Contest, and thank the following for their donations to this event: Applebee's Restaurant, Baptist Family Fitness, Bubby's Bar-B-Q, Cheddar's of London, Cheddar's of Lexington, Cracker Barrel of Corbin, Cracker Barrel of London, Dino's Italian Restaurant, El Dorado’s Mexican Restaurant of Corbin, El Dorado’s Mexican Restaurant of Williamsburg, El Dorado's of London, Forest Lanes, Froyoz Corbin, Golden Corral, Hal Rogers Family Entertainment Center, Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant, Regency Cinema 8, Ruby Tuesday's, Shiloh's Steak House, Sonny’s Bar-B-Q, Starbucks, Texas Instruments Education Technology, Three TI-nspire CX handheld units, The Depot on Main, Tri-County Cineplex, Wal-Mart of Williamsburg, Wal-Mart Supercenter of Corbin, and Wal-Mart Supercenter of London.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit