FDA student takes second at math olympiad

Published 3:23 pm Monday, March 19, 2012

DOTHAN, Ala. – Fort Dale Academy’s James Choi earned a second place finish in Algebra II, Division C at Wallace Community College’s 30th annual Tri-State Math and Computer Science Olympiad at the Wallace Campus in Dothan on March 2.

Approximately 936 area students and 60 high school instructors from Alabama, Georgia, and Florida attended. Wallace Community College hosts the annual event to create interest in math and computer science and to recognize student accomplishments in these competitive fields.

The event, themed “Mathematics and Computer Science: Defining Champions,” recognized the role that mathematics will play in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Applied mathematics is instrumental in designing venues, schedules, transportation, and overall operation of the games. Designing customized training for Olympic athletes also requires mathematics and computer technology.

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Math Olympiad contestants competed in Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Advanced Math, Comprehensive, Computer Literacy, and Microcomputer Applications. All participants received a certificate of achievement for representing their school in the competition.

First place division winners in Comprehensive won a scholarship to Wallace Community College. Students receiving scholarships were Katherine Stone, Ft. Walton Beach High School, Timothy Collier, Houston Academy, and Daniel Beauchamp, Northside Methodist Academy.