NC Math Team Takes Fourth Place
Nationally at 2010 American Regions Math League

Thirty-four of North Carolina.s sharpest high school mathematics students recently competed in the 32nd Annual American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) Meet in Athens, Ga., the only on-site national mathematics competition. It included 106 teams from over 40 states in the U.S., and several international teams.

The North Carolina "A1" team took first place at their site and placed fourth in the nation. Thomas Lu and Bryce Taylor, from Greensboro and Winston-Salem, respectively, were the high individual scorers for the North Carolina team, answering eight of the ten individual questions correctly, placing them third and eighth in the nation (respectively).

North Carolina's team won the ARML meet in 2006 and was the only team in the nation to place in ARML.s top five for each of the 2006-2008 meets. The two 2010 teams of 15 students each were chosen on the basis of their scores on the State High School Mathematics Contest and several national math exams.

Coaching this year.s team were Archie Benton, North Buncombe High School, Weaverville; John Noland, Cary Academy; Ken Thwing, Freedom High School, Morganton; Philip Rash, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM), Durham; Jeff Lucia, Providence Day School, Charlotte, and Kathy Hill, Athens Drive High School, Raleigh.

"These coaches, under the leadership of Archie Benton, have become an outstanding team at training and identifying the best math students in North Carolina," said John Goebel, chair of the State Mathematics Competition.

North Carolina's "A1" Team included Calvin Deng, Enloe High School, Raleigh; Jessie Duan, NCSSM, Cary; Brendan Fletcher, Home-school, Charlotte; Zijing Gao, Chapel Hill; Christine Hong, J.H. Rose HS, Greenville; Jason Liang, Enloe High School, Raleigh; Marshall Lochbaum, Raleigh Charter High School, Raleigh; Thomas Lu, Early College at Guilford, Greensboro; David Lucia, Providence Day, Charlotte; Pom McCabe, Pinecrest High School, Southern Pines; Dylan Peifer, North Buncombe High School, Asheville; Ben Taylor, Guy B Phillips Middle School, Chapel HIll; Bryce Taylor, NCSSM, Winston-Salem; Nick Tobey, Enloe High School, Raleigh; and Allen Yang, Cary Academy, Cary.

The following students were on the "A2" Team or were alternates: Jeffrey An, Green Hope High School, Cary; Michael An, Davis Drive Middle School, Cary; Michael Bai, NCSSM, Raleigh; Arjun Bhattacharya, Enloe High School, Raleigh; Timothy Chang, Early College at Guilford, Greensboro; Yimo Chen, Early College at Guilford, Greensboro; Jason Chow, Cary Academy, Cary; David Hemminger, Sanderson High School, Raleigh; Kevin Lee, Providence Day, Charlotte; Sammy Luo, Haynes Magnet, Winston-Salem; Jack Munley, Providence Day, Charlotte; Troy O'Neal, Athens Drive High School, Raleigh; Elizabeth Shen, Myers Park High School, Charlotte; Tejas Sundaresan, Enloe High School, Cary; Gray Symon, Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill; Eric Wang, Early College at Guilford, Greensboro; Yu Wang, East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill; Lisa Zheng, Enloe High School, Raleigh; and Constance Zhou, Charlotte Latin, Charlotte.

The "A2" Team consists of younger, less-experienced students and who would normally compete in the "B" Division; however, since the North Carolina "B" Team has done so well in recent years, it was required to compete in the "A" Division this year.

"We are very proud of these students -- and their coaches -- for the extraordinary job they have done representing our state on a national level," said Sam Houston, CEO of the NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center.

The ARML Meet, which originated in the New England states, has grown to include four sites across the nation: Penn State University, The University of Iowa, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Georgia. The meet, which consists of four rounds, is conducted simultaneously at all four sites. Three of the rounds are team rounds, including a Power Question, the Team Questions, and Relays. There is one Individual Round. Awards are given for each site and for overall national winners.

The North Carolina Teams are sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics with generous help from the Duke Energy Foundation.