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Lowndes High School Wins South Georgia State College Mathematics Tournament

Members of Team A from Lowndes High School captured first place in the annual Mathematics Tournament held recently on South Georgia State College’s (SGSC) Waycross Campus.

Ninety-three students from five high schools – Brantley, Georgia Christian, Lowndes, Pierce, and Ware – competed in the event.  Students participated in individual and team competitions.

The individual competition featured a 75-minute, 40-question multiple choice exam that covered topics in the high school curriculum – algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and calculus.  Christian Chaney of Lowndes High School captured first place in the individual competition.  Tristin Skapetis (Lowndes), Nathan Douberly (Pierce), Mallory Helms (Ware), and Bennett King (Pierce) rounded out the top five individual winners. 

The top two scoring teams from each school on the written exam competed in a team-oriented “ciphering round.”  The teams were given the same ten questions and three minutes to answer each one.  The number of points awarded was determined by how fast the teams could answer each question correctly. 

A combined score from the written exam and the ciphering round determined the overall team winners.

“This tournament is an opportunity for our institution to recognize academic talent within our community,” said Dr. Lisa Howell, professor of mathematics at SGSC and tournament coordinator.  “It encourages students to have a continued interest in the areas of math and science.”

In addition to Lowndes Team A, other team winners were Pierce County Team A (second place), Ware County Team A (third place), Lowndes Team C (fourth place), and Brantley County Team A (fifth place).

Christina DiTomasso, coach for Lowndes Team A, was presented with the Dr. Barbara Losty Coach Award.  The award is named for the second president of the former Waycross College.

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FIRST PHOTO: Team A from Lowndes High School won first place in the annual Mathematics Tournament held on South Georgia State College’s Waycross Campus.  (L-R) Christian Chaney, Ryan Waller, Chris Cook, and Tristin Skapetis.

SECOND PHOTO: Dr. Lisa Howell (right), professor of mathematics on SGSC’s Waycross Campus, presented the Dr. Barbara Losty Coach Award to Christina DiTomasso, coach for Lowndes Team A.

THIRD PHOTO: Team A from Pierce County High School captured second place in the annual Mathematics Tournament.  (L-R) John DuBose, Cassidy Gibson, Blaine Cason, and Nathan Douberly.

FOURTH PHOTO: Team A from Ware County High School finished third in the annual Mathematics Tournament.  (L-R) Denzel Acres, Wei Lin, Mallory Helms, and Jacob Campbell.

FIFTH PHOTO: Team C from Lowndes High School took fourth place in the annual Mathematics Tournament.  (L-R) Aaron Cowger, Mekenna Hooper, Kirsten Hooper, and Ethan Hurd.

SIXTH PHOTO: Team A from Brantley County High School finished fifth in the annual Mathematics Tournament.  (L-R) Sean Crowley, Brad Crews, Mary Beth Gill, and James Allen.

SEVENTH PHOTO: Individual winners in the annual Mathematics Tournament were (L-R) Christian Chaney (first place; Lowndes High School), Tristin Skapetis (second place; Lowndes High School), Nathan Douberly (third place; Pierce County High School), Mallory Helms (fourth place; Ware County High School), and Bennett King (fifth place; Pierce County High School).