WVU Potomac State College Holds First High School Math Competition

Lacey Beason, Kyle Breedlove, and Reagan Kitzmiller earning their prizes at Potomac State College's first Math Competition

WVU Potomac State College math faculty recently hosted a math competition for regional high school junior and senior students. Earning the top three scores with prizes were from left: Reagan Kitzmiller, third place from Keyser High School (KHS); Lacey Beason, second place from Frankfort High School; and Kyle Breedlove, first place from KHS.

KEYSER, WV, MAY 18, 2018 – Junior and senior high school students recently had the opportunity to test their math prowess as participants in a math competition hosted by West Virginia University Potomac State College’s math faculty.

Kyle Breedlove, from Keyser High School (KHS) earned first place winning a $500 tuition credit. Lacey Beason, from Frankfort High School (FHS) came in second place and received a $300 tuition credit. While Reagan Kitzmiller, also from KHS, earned third place winning a $200 tuition credit.

Rounding out the top ten scorers were: Donovan Kimble, Petersburg High School (PHS); Zackary Dalonges, FHS; Taylor Aldridge, FHS; Annabelle Kitzmiller, Hampshire High School (HHS); Trevor Witt, FHS; Harrison York, FHS; William Kegg, FHS; JT Rice, KHS; Derek Beverlin, FHS; Kelton Hanna, HHS.

According to Yelena Meadows, Ph.D., assistant math professor at Potomac State College, who organized the event, the competition involved problem solving based on a general high school math curriculum; however, students were prohibited from using calculators.

Professor Candace Lawrence, M.S., gave the feature presentation about Danica McKellar, the actress who starred in the television series, “The Wonder Years,” who also graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in math. She has written five non-fiction books, all dealing with mathematics: Math Doesn't SuckKiss My MathHot X: Algebra ExposedGirls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape, which encourages middle-school and high-school-aged girls to have confidence and succeed in mathematics. She also wrote Goodnight, numbers.

Other faculty helping with the event included Associate Professor Richard Petersen, Ph.D. and Professor Nikki Chandler, M.S.

Dr. Meadows says the faculty plans to sponsor the competition again next year and hopes even more students and schools will participate.