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D’Youville to Host New York State Championship

D’Youville to Host New York State Championship

Buffalo, New York - April 17, 2018 - On Friday, April 20, D’Youville will welcome some of the brightest high school math minds in New York as the Biology and Mathematics Department hosts the New York State Championship. The competition will be held from 3:30 PM – 8:30 PM in the School of Arts, Sciences and Education building. Check-in starts at 3:00 PM with awards set to conclude at the end of the evening. Pizza will also be served. 

Each of the students in grades 9-12 qualified for the state championship through official events and tournaments held throughout the school year. The competition exposes participants to a broad range of concepts including number theory, statistics, probability, and algebra. The competition’s contest is designed to reward problem-solving techniques rather than repeating memorized facts. Each competition also features at least one team round, where students can work together and share ideas and techniques. 

“We’ve hosted competitions twice per year for the last three years here at D’Youville. We especially enjoy seeing the students’ enthusiasm for solving these math problems,” says John Harris, PhD, associate professor of mathematics at D’Youville. “Mathematicians and students get such a thrill by solving problems and that’s very evident on these days.” 

“In 1856, Carl Friedrich Gauss called mathematics ‘the queen of sciences.’ Mathematics is beautiful by itself, but is also used in just about every scientific discipline to help solve problems,” added Harris. 

Prizes will be given to the top students in each grade level, as well as to the top teams. Winners of Friday’s contest will have the opportunity to qualify for’s national championship held each year in June. 

As the largest network of local and state math competitions at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in the United States, reaches more than 20,000 students with more than 200 contests each year. 

Free practice materials can be found on the website as well as more information about the tests offered.


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