MCC Student Wins Statewide Mathematics Contest

(Bradenton, Fla., March 14, 2005) - Manatee Community College (MCC) sophomore Sovandy Hang competed with 20 students from two- and four-year colleges around the state to win a mathematics contest at the 38th Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the Florida Two-Year College Mathematics Association (FTYCMA) Conference.  MCC freshman Cody Hadley tied for fourth place. The joint statewide conference was hosted by MCC Feb. 25 and 26 at the Center for Innovation and Technology at MCC Lakewood Ranch.

Hang, a Bradenton resident, received a $50 cash award. He is secretary of the MCC chapter of the Mu Alpha Theta national mathematics honor society and a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. He also is a member of the college's 2005 Math Olympic Team.  Last year's team won major awards in statewide competition.

The conference was attended by 238 people, setting a five-year attendance record. Keynote speaker Dr. J. Brian Conrey spoke about one of seven Prize Problems named by the Clay Mathematics Institute of Cambridge, Mass., in 2000 in celebration of mathematics in the new millennium. Conrey is a recognized expert and is with the American Institute of Mathematics. Conference participants also included several publishers who presented new books and accompanying technologies.


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