COD Students Midwest Champions at National Math Competition

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By Mike McKissack

College of DuPage students have ranked number one in the Midwest region during the recent Student Math League (SML) competition.

Hosted by the American Mathematical Association for Two Year Colleges (AMATYC) the SML is a national mathematics contest open to two-year college students who have completed 12 semester hours of community college coursework. Comprising two exams; one administered in fall and one in spring, the competition includes community college students from schools throughout the country. A variety of prizes, including a $3,000 scholarship, are awarded to top performers.

This year marks the 13th year in a row that the College has ranked in the top five Midwest schools in the competition, and the fourth year it has reached number one during that time. COD students Nathan Reid, (Naperville) and Jeffery Cvikota (Lombard) ranked third and fourth and Ryan Macwan (Naperville) and Jacob Sumeraj (Naperville) tied for twelfth place for individual achievement out of 332 students in the Midwest region. Additional students who participated and contributed to the College's overall score included Alex Fleming, Arindam Mukherlee, Daniel Reeter, Joshua Schubert and Hanna Zayed. Nationally,

College of DuPage tied with the College of Southern Maryland to rank 14 out of 190 participating schools.

"We have some very talented and resourceful students at the upper end of our math curriculum," said College of DuPage Math Professor Jim Africh. "I am pleased with but not surprised by the success of these students at the competition, since they are constantly developing their problem-solving skills not only in their math classes, but in other classes such as physics and engineering."

Founded in 1971, the AMATYC is dedicated to the promotion of the role of two-year colleges in mathematics education in the United States and Canada. In addition to the SML competition, the AMATYC hosts an annual conference, summer institutes, workshops and mentoring for teachers and publishes the refereed journal Math AMATYC Educator.