Math Knights

Eisenhower wins Clarion Math Competition again

Photo submitted to Times Observer The members of the Eisenhower High School first-place Clarion University Mathematics Competition team were (front from left): Advisor Anna Joncas, Shannon Kellogg, Lydia Giannini, Lillie Darling, Michelle Kingsley, and Caroline Smelko; and (back) Josef Bauer, Aidan Farrell, Eric Honsberger, Michael Abadie, and Logan Greene.

Eisenhower went to the Clarion Mathematics Competition this year as defending division champion.

If the school sends a team in 2019, they will be looking to three-peat.

There were 15 teams in the A division of the 34th annual competition at Clarion University.

Each team included 10 students.

The Eisenhower team of Shannon Kellogg, Lydia Giannini, Lillie Darling, Michelle Kingsley, Caroline Smelko, Josef Bauer, Aidan Farrell, Eric Honsberger, Michael Abadie, and Logan Greene brought home first place.

Photo submitted to Times Observer Aidan Farrell of the Eisenhower High School Mathematics Competition team came in second out of the 150 students in the division.

“”I’m very impressed with this group of students,” Advisor and Mathematics Department Head Anna Joncas said. “We have won this competition two years in a row. This year’s seniors have amazing math skills.”

“Not only did we have the highest score of A schools, we had the highest score of any team from Warren County, including Warren Area High School,” she said.

The two-hour test includes higher level mathematics including calculus. Students are not permitted to use calculators nor reference materials.

A student receives one point for each correct answer and loses one-quarter of a point for an incorrect answer.

A quarter-point can make a big difference.

Photo submitted to Times Observer Josef Bauer of the Eisenhower High School Mathematics Competition team came Bauer came in fifth — only .25 points behind Farrell...

Individually, Farrell came in second out of the 150 students in the division.

Bauer came in fifth — but he was only .25 points behind Farrell… and the two students who tied with him.

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