Canterbury junior takes first in HU’s individual math competition

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Walter Li, a junior from Canterbury High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., captured first place in the annual Huntington University High School Mathematics Competition held Oct. 23 on campus.

Eight area high schools competed for individual and team awards in demonstration of mathematical abilities. The goal of the competition is to support and encourage the efforts of students seeking to achieve in mathematics.

For the team competition, Zionsville Community High School in Zionsville, Ind., captured first place, Canterbury High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., second place and Marion High School in Marion, Ind., third place.

For the individual awards, Walter Li, a junior from Canterbury captured first place; Nick Perkins, a senior from Zionsville earned second place; and Peter Dun, a sophomore from Canterbury edged out Baizhen Zhu from Zionsville on the one question tie-breaker for third place.

The mathematics competition is made up of three rounds. The first round is a 20-question written exam comprised of questions from algebra, geometry and general mathematics. Students can earn a total of 100 points for the exam. The individual round of the competition is made up of 10 questions. Students are given a minute and a half to complete each question. Each question answered correctly earns a student 10 points. The final round — the team round — provides additional points for the team score. Students are provided with several problems that are more challenging and best solved through the cooperative efforts of the team. A total of 50 points is possible for the final round.

Schools competing were: Anderson Christian School in Anderson, Ind., Ayersville High School in Highland, Ohio, Canterbury High School, Marion High School, Saint Joseph High School in South Bend, Ind., South Bend Clay High School in South Bend, Ind., Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw, Ind., and Zionsville Community High School.

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).