Johnsonville, Wilson high schools, Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School take top honors in math tournament
Johnsonville High School, Wilson High School and Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School took top honors at the recent Pee Dee Regional High School Mathematics Tournament.
The tournament, sponsored by Francis Marion University and the Pee Dee Education Center, was held in the university’s McNair Science Building’s Chapman Auditorium recently.
The 36th-annual event featured more than 250 students from 17 area schools. Participating schools were divided into Division I, II and III schools. Schools with A and AA athletic classifications were considered Division I, while AAA and AAAA athletic classifications were considered Division II. Division III consists of private schools in the Pee Dee.
High schools participating included: Creek Bridge, Hannah-Pamplico, Hemingway, Johnsonville, Marion and Mullins in Division I; Darlington, Hartsville, Marlboro, Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology, West Florence and Wilson in Division II; and Carolina Academy, The King’s Academy, Marlboro Academy, Robert E. Lee Academy and Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate in Division III.
All students participated in a one-hour, 16-question, written competition during the morning portion of the tournament.
Jeff Chin of Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School recorded the highest individual result on the exam. Paul Lee of Wilson High School and Niravkumar Patel of West Florence High School took second and third places, respectively.
Those receiving honorable mentions in the written competition were Zack Coleman of Marion High School; Brock Fletcher of Mayo High School for Math, Science & Technology; Amanda Harrelson and Yaping Yang of Mullins High School; Jonathan Ma and Tej Patel of Wilson High School; and Courtney Squires of Johnsonville High School.
The top four individual test scores from each school were combined to create a team score. The four schools in each division with the highest team score qualified for the afternoon finals. The finals consisted of four individuals from each qualifying school answering questions flashed onto an overhead screen. Points were awarded to the first, second, and third persons who answered correctly.
In Division I, Johnsonville High School defeated Marion High School (runner up), and in Division II, Wilson defeated West Florence High School (runner up). Among Division III schools, Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School defeated The King’s Academy (runner up).