Thirty students from Oak Ridge High School competed in the annual Pro2Serv Fermat Competition and Math Bowl on Thursday, and the school’s Math Bowl A team finished second in the large school competition, a press release said.
“Our Math Bowl teams were very competitive, with our A team narrowly losing by one point,” the release said. The A team was comprised of Albert Xue, Tina Wang, and Katherine Zhang, along with alternate Sheichen Zhang.
The B team of Vincent Jodoin, Gabe Vacaliuc, and Joe Andress, with alternate Adi Sujithkumar, also had an amazing run, but came up a match short of placing, the release said.
The Fermat 1 exam is taken by all participants (more than 300 on Thursday), and the top 50 move on to the Fermat 2 round. Of those 50, five were ORHS students: Joe Andress, Henry Musrock, Gabe Vacaliuc, Albert Xue, and Shichen Zhang.
The prize for placing in the top 10 of the Fermat 2 is a four-year, $24,000 scholarship to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Two of the ORHS students, ninth-grader Joe Andress,and 11th-grader Albert Xue, placed in the top 10 of Fermat 2, and if they choose to attend UTK, will be awarded this scholarship.
“Our students represented Oak Ridge well in every aspect required of them for the day…excellent character, excellent effort, and excellent academic prowess,” the release said.