Students Showcase Skills at the Fourth Annual Mathematics Tournament

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Article by: Joe Clark,

LARGO, Md.—Mathematics students from 12 community colleges in the Washington metropolitan area will battle for cash prizes and title of the area’s top team at the Prince George’s Community College Fourth Annual Mathematics Tournament, April 21, 9:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Largo Student Center, Community Rooms A, B and C.  Students Carlos Biaou (College Park, Md.), Danielle Nogales (Seat Pleasant, Md.), Sergio Arispe-Guzman (Hyattsville, Md.) and Xianxing Wang (Bowie, Md.) will represent Prince George’s Community College at the competition.
Exclusive to two-year colleges, the math competition will feature Anne Arundel Community College, Carroll Community College, Cecil Community College, College of Southern Maryland, Community College of Baltimore County (Catonsville), Community College of Baltimore County (Essex), Frederick Community College, Hagerstown Community College, Montgomery College (Germantown), Montgomery College (Rockville), Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale) and Prince George's Community College.
“Unlike other math competitions based on individual performance, our event is focused on team work,” said Maria Jane Thoundayil, associate professor of mathematics at Prince George’s Community College. “Providing a unique showcase for teams of talented math students has made this a popular annual event for area community colleges,” she added.
Each team consists of three to four students who will participate in two rounds and a tie breaker, if needed. Math topics include college algebra, number theory, logic, trigonometry and geometry, and probability and statisticsThe program will end with an awards ceremony where cash prizes, trophy and medals will be awarded to the top three teams.



Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at  



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