FLORENCE, S.C. – Dillon High School and East Clarendon High School took top honors at the recent Pee Dee Regional High School Mathematics Tournament. The tournament, sponsored by the Pee Dee Education Center and Francis Marion University, was held in the university’s McNair Science Building auditorium.
The 26th-annual event featured 141 students from nine area schools.
Participating schools were divided into Division I and Division II schools. Schools with A and AA athletic classifications were considered Division I, while AAA and AAAA athletic classifications were considered Division II.
All students participated in a one-hour written competition during the morning portion of the tournament. Zack Coward of Dillon High School recorded the highest individual result, while David Braddy of Dillon was second and Matthew Friedel of Latta High School was third. Coward tied for third in last year’s written competition.
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, East Clarendon won its fifth team title, but its first since 1990, by defeating Latta and Mullins High School (tied for second) and Johnsonville High School (fourth). The four individuals who represented East Clarendon in the finals were Tara Eaddy, Adrian Frierson, Wendy Motte, and Bryan Robinson. Karen Creech is the East Clarendon math team adviser.
Among Division II schools, Dillon captured its fourth team title in the past nine years.
Marlboro County High School placed second, followed by Marion High School. Representing Dillon in the afternoon finals were Coward, Braddy, Caroline Allen, and Vincent Marquez. Lynn Branham serves as the adviser for the Dillon math team.