College’s teams place in global math contest

first_imgTwo teams of Saint Mary’s women proved the College has a competitive math department when they were recognized at the “The Mathematical Contest in Modeling,” held by the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP). The teams competed from Feb. 18 through Feb. 22 on campus over and submitted their answers online.The results of the international contest were recently announced, and both of the teams representing Saint Mary’s received recognition.The rankings for the competition are Outstanding Winner, Finalist, Meritorious Winner, Honorable Mention, Successful Participant and Unsuccessful Participant, respectively.Senior Mary Zahm and juniors Emily Gore and Ashley Crish were each recognized as a “Meritorious Winner.” Only about 19 percent of teams received this honor this year, Zahm said.She said this was only the third time Saint Mary’s students have been awarded this title since they began competing in this contest. The last time a team received this recognition was in 1998.“Most participants receive a standing of either Successful Participant or Honorable Mention, so to receive the ranking of Meritorious is quite an honor,” Zahm said.Zahm said the contest began when COMAP posted two mathematical questions on its Web site Friday evening, and the teams were given until 8 p.m. the following Monday to send in their answers.“It was largely a team effort,” Zahm said. “One of the main contributions I made was making a trip to the library to pick up some print sources and crunching some of the numbers using our mathematical model. We all helped contribute to the brain work and the writing of the report, and all of our work was done while we were together.”Juniors Meg Griffin and Grace McClurkin and senior Renee Wolbert were designated “Successful Participants.”The students spent the six weeks leading up to the weekend in a course taught by an advisor, Saint Mary’s math professor Bogdan Vajiac.“In this course our advisor, Bogdan Vajiac, reviewed with us various techniques and mathematical topics that might come up in the problems,” Zahm said.Vajiac said he was impressed by his students’ accomplishments.“This competition is international, with more than 2,500 teams participating from all over the world — more than 400 from the U.S.,” Vajiac said. “We are very proud of our students.”Zahm said it was a large effort, but paid off in the end.“It’s a lot of time and effort over one weekend, but I think that I would definitely give it another shot,” Zahm said. “It was certainly rewarding in the end.”last_img read more

Militants kill 20 soldiers, 40 civilians in Nigeria

first_imgThe attacks, in the Monguno and Nganzai local government areas, came just days after militants killed at least 69 people in a raid on a village in a third area, Gubio. MAIDUGURI – Islamic militants killed at least 20 soldiers and more than 40 civilians and injured hundreds in twin attacks in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state on Saturday, residents and a civilian task force fighter said. Two humanitarian workers and three residents told Reuters that militants armed with heavy weaponry including rocket launchers arrived in Monguno, a hub for international non-governmental organizations, at roughly 11 a.m. local time. They overran government forces, taking some casualties but killing at least 20 soldiers and roaming the area for three hours. (Reuters)last_img

Bulldogs Sweep Cross Country Sectional Team Crowns At Moores Hill

first_imgAlthough this next week brings Fall Break, the Bulldog XC team will be hard at work preparing for the Regional competition next Saturday at Franklin Community High School. Race time begins at 10 am starting with the varsity boys! This is a new course for us, but we visited it last weekend and it is nice.  Also a great place for spectators!  Come out and cheer on your dogs as they fight to move on to Semi-State!16352The Rushville Lions won The Boys Sectional Title at Connersville. Cambridge City and Hagerstown also qualify for The Regionals. Connersville placed 5th and Franklin County 6th.The Centerville Lady Bulldogs won The Girls Sectional Title at Connersville. Rushville and Franklin County also qualify for The Regionals. 16353 Well, it was quite a bit of change in running conditions this morning for everyone than it has been all season for the XC Sectional competition.  37 degrees, a little windy…but that did not slow down the Batesville Bulldogs!  They had a goal and were not going to let a little bit of weather ruin it.  Both the boys and the girls defended their Sectional titles today winning by quite a gap. The boys took first with an incredible low of 20 points, having their top 5 in the top of 8 the meet.  Greensburg took the runner up honors with 58 points. Other teams advancing to Regional competition next Saturday are Oldenburg Academy (80pts), East Central (98pts) and Jac-Cen-Del (108pts).  The Batesville girls scored 35 points with again Greensburg taking the runner up spot at 53 points. On the girls side it was South Ripley (112pts), South Dearborn (123pts) and East Central (126pts) who will advance to Regionals.  Congratulations to all the teams! In the Ladies race, Greensburg’s Brenner Hannah took the Championship title with an incredible time of 18:27!  Bulldog’s Lily Pinckley took the runner up at a personal best of 19:10, which ties the school record, held by Sarah Poltrack!  Way to go Lily! Ava Hanson came in third (19:42) with Maria Lopez running a personal best of 20:19 claiming the 7th spot.  Trysta Vielring took 11th (20:59) with Madison Rahschulte right behind her in 12th (21:01). Sophie Myers was the 12th Bulldog to make the All-Sectional team placing 16th (21:20) Just missing the top 20 was Liz Loichinger who ran her first race in over a month after coming back from an injuring placing 25th with a respectable time of 22:22.  Congratulations to all the dogs on an awesome start to tournament season!  center_img Batesville had 12 runners make the All-Sectional team!  Ean Loichinger defended his individual Sectional Championship title leading the Bulldogs with a personal best time of 16:09.  He was closely followed by teammate Adam Moster taking the running up spot also running a personal best at 16:16.  Joshua Myers was 4th for the dogs (16:46) with teammate Benjamin Moster close behind with a personal best of 16:52.  Daren Smith was the next Batesville runner to cross the line with a personal best of 17:21 and placing 8th. Dillon Murray was the 6th Bulldog to make the All-Sectional team placing 15th(17:56).  Also running varsity for the dogs was Luke Esser who was 34th (19:03).last_img read more