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Math Contest Awards and Encourages High School Hopefuls

Six winners emerged with significant prizes from both categories of this years Northwest region BC Colleges Secondary School Mathematics Contest (BCSSMC) hosted by Northwest Community College in Prince Rupert and Smithers May 2. The first-place winner of the Senior Contest, which includes Grade 11 and 12 students, won a $500 tuition voucher from Northwest Community College (NWCC); the second-place winner received $250 from Prince Rupert Rotary; and the third-place winner was awarded $100 from the Academic Workers Union (AWU). The champion of the Junior Contest, which includes Grade 8 to 10 students, also won $100 from AWU while the second- and third-place winners of that category were awarded a $50 and $25 gift certificate for the NWCC bookstore. Contest winners were: Senior Contest 1. David Gibb Grade 11, Smithers Secondary 2. Shayna Scott Grade 12, Prince Rupert Secondary 3. Travis Herkel Grade 12, Smithers Secondary Junior Contest 1. Matthew Murray Grade 10, Charles Hays Secondary 2. Haley Hooper Grade 10, Smithers Secondary 3. Sarah Holdyk Grade 10, Smithers Secondary The BCSSMC is an annual, province-wide contest for high school students, aimed at promoting mathematics as a fun activity, with colleges around BC playing host to their regions final competitions. Students compete in preliminary rounds at their high school, with the top three contenders from each school advancing to the regions final rounds. This is the fifth time Northwest Community College has hosted Northwest BC regions final competition. Students from Charles Hays Secondary and Prince Rupert Secondary participated in Prince Rupert while students from Smithers Secondary and Houston Secondary took part in Smithers. It was a great day and fabulous learning experience for all of the students, explained Mona Izumi, University Credit Mathematics instructor at NWCC. Participants performed superbly. They were treated to lunch and a special presentation by Dr. David Leeming, a mathematician and Professor Emeritus from the University of Victoria. Dr. Leeming spoke of interesting math problems and solutions. By utilizing the Colleges new video-conferencing equipment we were able to broadcast his presentation from Prince Rupert to the Smithers campus.

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