Marion, Wilson high schools, Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School take top honors in math tournament
Marion and Wilson high schools 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 37th-annual event featured more than 240 students from 19 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: Andrews, Central, Creek Bridge, Georgetown, Green Sea Floyd, Hannah-Pamplico, Hemingway, Johnsonville, Marion and Mullins in Division I; Hartsville, Marlboro, Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology, South Florence, West Florence and Wilson in Division II; and The King’s Academy, Marlboro Academy and Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School in Division III.
All students participated in a one-hour, 16-question, written competition during the morning portion of the tournament.
Neil Dey of Wilson High School recorded the highest individual result on the exam. Weijie Chen of Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School and Benjamin Liu of Wilson High School took second and third place, respectively.
Those receiving honorable mentions in the written competition were Blaine Billings, Grant Billings and Edgar Ramos Mandoza of West Florence High School; Stella Dai, Cheng Ji, and Michael William Naso of Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School; and Jonathan Ma, Aditya Pande and Sawan Patel of Wilson 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, Marion High School defeated Johnsonville High School (second), and in Division II, Wilson defeated West Florence High School (second). Among Division III schools, Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate defeated The King’s Academy (second).