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Madison, Wisconsin

Friday April 16, 2004

In honor of Mathematics Awareness Month, the MATC math club arranged a day-long celebration that included a special guest lecture and a mathematics competition entitled "WHO WANTS TO BE A MATHEMATICIAN?", hosted by the American Mathematical Society.  The competition involved area high school students who answered multiple choice questions about pre-calculus mathematics.  The order of play was determined by students' times in answering "Fastest Finger" questions.  The whole competition is adapted from  NBC's "WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?".

Erik Saunders of Rufus King High School and Alec Li of Madison West High School each won a top prize of $2,000 cash.  Po-Ling Loh of James Madison Memorial High School and Andrew Ishihara of Marquette University High School each won an auxiliary prize of $1,000 cash.

Follow this link to read about the competition on the American Mathematical Society web site

Follow this link to read about the competition in the Wisconsin State Journal (Saturday 4/17/2004).

Follow the links below to view:

 

Schedule for the Day

  • 10:00 AM, Mitby Theatre: Welcome Address by Dr. Edward Clarke, MATC Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
     
  • 10:05 AM, Mitby Theatre: Guest Lecture on Number Theory by Professor Ken Ono of the UW-Madison math department
     
  • 11:15 AM, Mitby Theatre: "WHO WANTS TO BE A MATHEMATICIAN" competition, 
    presented by the American Mathematical Society.
    (visit http://www.ams.org/ams/wwtbam.html for past and future events)
     
  • 12:00 PM, MATC cafeteria: Lunch with special music provided by the MATC jazz ensemble, directed by Jeff Peronto

 

List of Contestants

Contestant High School Teacher
Tracy Backes McFarland High School; McFarland, WI Jack Ketelhut
Drew Braucht Edgewood High School; Madison, WI Cathi Shaugnessy
Keven Brown Ithaca High School; Richland Center, WI Ronald Donahoe
Andrew Ishihara Marquette University High School; Milwaukee, WI Joe Griesbach
Alec Li Madison West High School; Madison, WI Dean Morse
Po-Ling Loh James Madison Memorial High School; Madison, WI Vic Levine
Ryan Petty Baraboo High School; Baraboo, WI Chris Labeots
Erik Saunders Rufus King High School; Milwaukee, WI Wanda Bussey
Brent Sullivan LaFollette High School; Madison, WI Ted Widerski
Amir Talebi Fort Atkinson High School; Fort Atkinson, WI Dean Johnson

 

Registration Pictures


Dave Kasten and Heidi Hillmer not only worked the registration desk, they also designed our promotional pamphlet and did our word processing.  Thanks!

T-shirts from the Fort Atkinson High School math club urge people to "Integrate This!"

Some of the Edgewood High School crew checks in.

MATC Math Club President Peter Weber is ready to watch the day's events unfold!
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Warm-up Pictures


All ten contestants listen to initial instructions.

Host Mike Breen of the AMS gives contestants advice.

A sample question run-through.

MATC Math Club Advisor J. "Sri" Sriskandarajah, Vice President for Strategic Innovations Ed Clarke, and competition judge Bill Butterworth of DePaul University have a pre-competition discussion.
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Audience Pictures


The Fort Atkinson High School crew takes  their seats.

A bit of last-minute cramming can never hurt...

UW-Madison Professor Ken Ono relaxes before his guest lecture.

The Edgewood College crew.

The Edgewood and LaFollette crews.

The audience listens to the guest lecture by UW-Madison Professor Ken Ono.
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Welcome Address Pictures

Ed Clarke, Vice President of Strategic Innovations, welcomes participants to the day's events.
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Guest Lecture Pictures


UW-Madison Professor Ken Ono begins his guest lecture.

UW-Madison Professor Ken Ono begins his guest lecture.
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Round #1 Pictures and Summary


Five of the participants, from left to right:
Brent Sullivan of LaFollette High School, 
Amir Talebi of Fort Atkinson High School, 
Tracy Backes of McFarland High School, 
Drew Braucht of Edgewood High School, 
Alec Li of Madison West High School

Five more participants, from left to right:
Ryan Petty of Baraboo High School, 
Po-Ling Loh of Madison Memorial High School, 
Keven Brown of Ithaca High School, 
Andrew Ishihara of Marquette University High School, 
Eric Saunders of Rufus King High School

Host Mike Breen of the AMS welcomes everyone to the competition.

Eric Saunders of Rufus King High School introduces himself to host Mike Breen of the AMS and the audience.

Eric Saunders affirms that yes, that is his final answer.

Eric Saunders can not believe what the audience just suggested...

Eric Saunders does some last-second calculations on  his final question.

Four of the other contestants ponder Eric Saunders' $2,000 question.

A jubilant Eric Saunders after winning the $2,000 grand prize.
 
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Round #2 Pictures and Summary


Alec Li of Madison West High School introduces himself to the audience.

Alec Li reads ponders the solution to question #4.

Four of the other contestants ponder Alec Li's $2,000 question.

Alec Li asks for some clarifications to his final question.

Alec Li stares at his final question as he decides on his final answer.

Alec Li after winning his $2,000 grand prize.
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"Out of Round" Pictures and Summary


Some of the remaining contestants consider the second "Out of Round" question.

Some of the remaining contestants turn in their answers to the second "Out of Round" question.

Amir Talebi of Fort Atkinson High School listens to an explanation of the answer to the fourth question.

Andrew Ishihara of Marquette University High School thinks about his answer to the sixth question.  Andrew would go on to answer this and the seventh questions correctly to win $1,000.

Tracy Backes of McFarland High School writes down her answer to the sixth question.

Po-Ling Loh of Madison Memorial High School submits her correct answer to the seventh and final question to win $1,000.
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Group Pictures

 
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Lunch Pictures

 
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Promotional Pamphlet


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Our Sponsors

Helene Chatterton of MapleSoft, Inc. Ann Hlavin of Capitol Bank
Bernard C. Turner and Kristen Ray of Texas Instruments Herbert H. Kohl Charities Inc.
Julie Lindstrom of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Jim Rodman of State Farm Insurance
Don Albers and Lisa Kolbe of the MAA Patti Kearney of MacKichan Software, Inc.
John Ewing and Peter Sykes of the AMS Ed Pegg Jr. of Wolfram Research, Inc.
Robert Dinndorf of the MATC Foundation Paul Altier of Addison-Wesley
Ginnie Helin of Lands' End Inc. Adam Mekschum of the MATC Bookstore
Ellen Brothers of Pleasant Company Lorin Toepper, Assoc. Dean of Culinary/Tourism/Business Terchnology
Barbara Waters of Placon Corp. Shannon Friedrich of NCTM
Thomas Golden of First Supply Group Inc. The National Science Foundation
Rajan Seth and Ashok Rajpal of Mead and Hunt Inc.  

 

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If you are interested, email Jeganathan "Sri" Sriskandarajah ( jsriskandara@madisoncollege.edu ) or contact him in room 211G.    Watch this page and the student bulletin for further announcements.


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