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The Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition

Sponsored by
  The Klein G. and Mary Lee Leister Foundation
Delmarva Power, An Exelon Company

The 33rd Annual Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition
will take place on Thursday, November 10, 2016.

Competition Information - Invited Presentations - Previous Exams - 2015 Winners

Competition Information:
The event provides a fun and challenging mathematics competition focused on both individual and cooperative achievement. High Schools from the region may enter teams of up to three students in the competition.

The competition consists of two parts:

  • The team round presents each school's team with challenging, open-ended problems. To solve these problems, the team members are encouraged to work together. Each team is to provide complete solutions to as many problems as possible, including justification of all steps and clear, concise explanations. The use of calculators is permitted during the team round. It is the responsibility of each team to provide calculators for their team.
  • The individual round has each student, working independently, answer twenty multiple choice questions. Winners are chosen based on the number of questions answered correctly; there is no penalty for incorrect answers. The use of calculators is not permitted during the individual round.

Subject areas covered by contest questions include: algebra, geometry, functions and functional notation, exponents and logarithms, trigonometry, probability and statistics, logic and set theory, arithmetic sequences, geometric series, and number theory.

During a lunch buffet, awards are presented to the three students with the highest scores in the individual round of the contest and to the three teams with the highest scores in the team round.

Invited Presentations: After the individual round, students attend a brief workshop on a mathematical topic which they may not otherwise encounter in the high school curriculum. Recent topics have included:  

  • "Why are so many people today in such deep financial trouble?" (2010)
          -- by Dr. Michael A. Gauger
  • "Euclid, Mersenne, And The Search For Perfection" (2011)
          -- by Dr. Kurt E Ludwick
  • "The Vexations of Voting Systems" (2012)
          -- by Dr. Jennifer A. Bergner
  • "What's the Shortest Route? Measuring Distance in an Alternate Universe" (2013)
    by Dr. Steven M Hetzler

  • "Prime Numbers: Old, New, and Yet to be Discovered. Answers to Interesting Questions" (2014)
    by Dr. Robert M. Tardiff
  • "Dealing with Probability" (2015)
         -- by Dr. Lori A. Carmack

(For a complete list of previous years' presentations and speakers, click here.)

Previous Exams: Here are some links to previous years' exams. These files are in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). You will need the (free) Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.

Competition Information - Invited Presentations - Previous Exams - 2014 Winners

2015 Winners:

  • 1st Place: North Caroline High School                                                      
    Team: Hunter Geisel, Emma Murray, Melvin Williams
  • 2nd Place: James M. Bennett High School                                                              
    Team: Michael Li, Kevon Turnamian, Hannah Lee
  • 3rd Place: Worchester Technical High School                                                                         
    Team: Logan Romberger, Owen Dennis, Randy Odenwald
  • 1st Place: Hunter Geisel, North Caroline High School
  • 2nd Place: Winnie Wei, Broadwater Academy
  • 3rd Place: Hannah Lee, James M. Bennett High School

Competition Information - Invited Presentations - Previous Exams - 2015 Winners


For more information, please contact Dr. Jathan Austin or Prof. Carvel LaCurts.

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