Area students come to participate and celebrate in FHSU's Math Relays
10/30/2003

Fort Hays State University's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will host its 26th Annual Math Relays on Thursday, Nov. 13.

The event brings nearly 1,600 students from more than 70 high schools to the FHSU campus to compete in various mathematical competitions.

The MACS Department, formally the Mathematics Department, began the relays in 1978 with 553 students from 34 high schools. Since then, the day has evolved into a statewide event bringing students from eastern and western Kansas.

"Past response to the relays has been excellent," said Mary Kay Shippers, instructor of mathematics and computer science at FHSU. "It's grown almost every year. This year we had to reduce the number of individuals because we've reached the maximum capacity that our university can hold."

As in past years, the competition includes six events. Based on school division and grade level, students participate in six categories:

-- Using number sense, which is recognizing alternative names for numbers, number patterns and reasonability.
-- Trigonometry.
-- Algebraic manipulations
-- Informal geometry, measurement, which is computing perimeters, areas and volumes of given geometric figures
-- Applications of algebra, arithmetic
-- Calculations with calculators.

"It's great to see all those students hunched over their desks with their minds working, punching in numbers on their calculators," Shippers said.

The announcement of winners and trophy presentations will be at 2 p.m. Plaques will be awarded to the top three schools in each division. Medals will be awarded to the top three individuals in each category in each respective division. Ribbons will be awarded to fourth through 10th positions in each individual event in each division.

"It's great because it gives students a chance to see where they stand since they'll be competing for scholarships in the future," Shippers said. "It also allows teachers to network with each other so that they can see what is being taught and how it is being taught."

For more information on the Math Relays, visit the FHSU MACS Web site at www.fhsu.edu/macs/.

The following high schools will be represented at the relays:

Ashland
Belleville
Bennington
Buhler
Chase
Claflin
Colby
Decatur Community, Oberlin
Dighton
Dodge City
Eastern Heights, Agra
Ell-Saline, Brookville
Ellinwood
Ellis
Ellsworth
Fowler
Garden City
Glasco
Goodland
Great Bend
Haven
Hays
Hoisington
Hutchinson
Inman
Kensington
Kingman
LaCrosse
Lakeside, Downs
Larned
Liberal
Lincoln
Logan
Lucas-Luray, Lucas
Mankato
McPherson
Meade
Minneapolis
Minneola
Nickerson
Northern Valley, Almena
Oakley
Osborne
Pawnee Heights, Rozel
Phillipsburg
Pike Valley, Scandia
Pratt
Pretty Prairie
Quinter
Ransom
Sacred Heart, Salina
Salina Central
Salina South
Smith Center
Southeast of Saline, Gypsum
St. John
St. John?s of Beloit
Stafford
Stanton County, Johnson City
Sterling
Stockton
Sylvan Unified, Sylvan Grove
TMP-Marian, Hays
Tescott
Tipton Catholic
Trego Community, WaKeeney
Trinity Catholic, Hutchinson
Victoria High School
Wheatland, Grainfield
White Rock, Burr Oak
Wilson


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