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Math skills plus a competitive spirit may add up to cash for area students

March 19, 2001

For the 45th consecutive year, Austin Peay will host the statewide high school mathematics contest sponsored by the Tennessee Mathematics Teachers' Association.

About 200 students are expected to participate in the contest, according to Dr. Kirk Menser, associate professor of mathematics. "It's a high school contest," he says, "but a lot of middle schools teach algebra now and they bring students." Schools from neighboring counties in Kentucky have shown up, Kirk adds.

The contest will take place Tuesday, March 27 at the First Baptist Church in Clarksville, and teams will compete in several subjects: algebra I, algebra II, geometry, trigonometry and calculus. Students compete in only one category and one division.

Menser, who is overseeing the event for the second consecutive year, is chair of the contest at the APSU site, one of eight in Middle Tennessee. The event has been held at the University since 1957, when long-time department chair and emeritus professor of mathematics and computer science Dr. William Stokes was instrumental in organizing the statewide contest.