More than 125 students from 12 local middle and high schools recently participated in the annual Mathematics Contest hosted by University of the Cumberlands (UC).

The contest, which is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Physics at Cumberlands, aims to prepare students for future careers in mathematics, physics and engineering fields. It is also an opportunity for students to spend time on Cumberlands’ campus.

“Our department enjoys spending time with the volunteers and giving high school and middle school students the opportunity to showcase their math skills, all the while the students get to see our beautiful campus,” said Sarah Hacker, an assistant professor in the Department.

During the contest, students participated in a number of activities and challenges that tested their mathematical knowledge. As the day concluded, students who scored the highest among the competitors took home trophies, plaques and certificates.

The overall winners for the 2018 competition include Corbin High School in first place and North Laurel High School in second place, with both Lexington Catholic High School and Sayre School tying for third place.

Individual awards were also presented to the following students:

Algebra I

First PlaceMatthew SandersNorth Laurel High School
Second PlaceJoaquin PauigCorbin High School
Third PlaceScotty VandySouth Laurel High School
Fourth PlaceAndrew PhamNorth Laurel High School
Fifth PlaceKaiden WaldenCorbin High School


Algebra II

First PlaceTracy ZhaoSayre School
Second PlaceJason ZhangSayre School
Third PlaceJonathan WrightLexington Catholic High School
Fourth PlaceKevin RamirezSouthwestern High School
Fifth PlaceAllison PhamNorth Laurel High School



First PlaceRex NorvellCorbin High School
Second PlaceMarshall MaguireSouthwestern High School
Third PlaceAnabeth SharpeWhitley County High School
Fourth PlaceSean SimonsCorbin High School
Fifth PlaceTrevor JonesWhitley County High School



First PlaceAaron JohnsonCorbin High School
Second PlaceJared WilsonWhitley County High School
Third PlaceWill WhiteNorth Laurel High School