MGA Math Department Hosts 42nd Annual Math Olympics

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2024 12:00 AM
Category: Pressroom

Macon, GA


The 42nd annual Math Olympics was held by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Middle Georgia State University on Friday, March 8. More than 160 high school students from 16 high schools in Georgia competed in the all-day event, and teams from Rockdale Magnet School captured first-place honors at both the varsity and junior varsity levels.  

Schools participating included the Academy for Classical Education, Stratford Academy, and Tattnall Square Academy in Macon, Baldwin County, Echols County, Harris County, Lee County, Sumter County, Tift County, and Worth County High Schools, Lowndes and Valdosta High Schools, Valdosta, Bradwell Institute, Hinesville, Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, Conyers, Veterans High School, Kathleen, Killian Hill Christian School, Lilburn. Trophies were awarded to the top three varsity and top three JV teams, while the top three individual finishers received plaques.

MGA math professors and instructors, led by math faculty members Dr. Matthew Noble and Michael Hammock, devised the questions and problems used in the events, and then worked side-by-side with MGA math students to stage this successful and exciting event.

The varsity competition consists of a challenging 50-question individual exam, followed in the afternoon by ciphering, a fast-paced group event.  The ciphering contest pits four-person teams from each school, who must work together to answer a complex math question within two minutes.  The JV competition features a written exam with problems designed for students who have not yet taken trigonometry or calculus. 

The winners were:

  • Varsity
    • Varsity Individuals
      • 1st Place – Lokesh Tammisetty, Lowndes High School
      • 2nd Place – Catherine Perez, Veterans High School
      • 3rd Place – Angelina Wang, Stratford Academy
      • 4th Place – Christopher Dowling, Lee County High School
      • 5th Place – Delano Page, Rockdale Magnet School
    • Varsity Teams
      • 1st Place – Rockdale Magnet School
      • 2nd Place – Tattnall Square Academy
      • 3rd Place – Veterans High School
      • 4th Place – Stratford Academy
      • 5th Place – Killian Hill Christian Academy
  • Junior Varsity
    • Junior Varsity Individuals
      • 1st Place (tie) – Rahaan Islam, Valdosta High School
                                  John Thomas Fry, Academy for Classical Education
                                  Louis Harrington, Academy for Classical Education
      • 2nd Place – Faith Ryan, Bradwell Institute
      • 3rd Place (tie) – Mason Slaughter, Lowndes High School
                                   Jordan Johnson, Bradwell Institute
      • 4th Place (tie) – Nathan Tchamna, Baldwin High School
                                   Elissa Anderson, Rockdale Magnet School
      • 5th Place – Harley Gipson, Rockdale Magnet School
    • Junior Varsity Teams
      • 1st Place - Rockdale Magnet School
      • 2nd Place – Academy for Classical Education
      • 3rd Place – Lowndes High School