Wayne County wins JCJC’s 4th annual High School Math Quiz Bowl

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-11-20 13:38:29

ELLISVILLE –  It was déjà’ vu for the top two winning teams competing at Jones County Junior College’s 4th annual Math Quiz Bowl. The winners of the competition, the Wayne County War Eagles were also the inaugural JCJC Math Bowl winners in 2008. Second place winners, Stringer Attendance Center led throughout the preliminary 11 rounds of competition with 530 points to Wayne County’s 340 points. However, for the third year in a row, Stringer took home the second place trophy.
“We’re not satisfied with second place because we know we can do better,” said Stringer’s Ben Jenkins. 
Stringer math teacher and math bowl sponsor, Michelle Green added, “They did an awesome job and I’m happy with their performance. I think we’ll do better next year as these students get more advanced math under their belt and we can practice more.”
The first and second place teams’ senior students are eligible to receive JCJC tuition-scholarships. Each participating team member and team sponsor also earned cash prizes from business and industry contributors  including, Community Bank, First State Bank, Magnolia Bank, Trustmark Bank, Foil-Wyatt Architects, Jefferson Medical, Sandra Wright-Magnolia Realtors, Sanderson Farms, Dominos Pizza and Corner Market.
“These businesses want to invest in great minds,” said Chris Wilson, Laurel realtor and donation coordinator for the Math Bowl. “They know if they invest in academics then we all win and these students will have better opportunities to succeed to be better employees and entrepreneurs.”
Competing four-member teams, from 21 area high schools included, Collins High School, Enterprise High School, Greene County High School, Laurel Christian High School, Laurel High School, Lawrence County High School, Mize Attendance Center, Mt. Olive Attendance Center, Northeast Jones High School, Perry Central High School, Presbyterian Christian High School, Quitman High School, Raleigh High School, Richton High School, Seminary Attendance Center, South Jones High School, Stringer Attendance Center, Taylorsville High School, Wayne Academy, Wayne County High School, and West Jones High Schools answered questions ranging in difficulty from fractions and statistics to algebra and calculus. The preliminary rounds with three teams competing were held simultaneously for one of the four spots in the playoff-round.
 The final four teams were Presbyterian Christian High School in Hattiesburg with 235 points, Lawrence County with 335 points, Wayne County with 340 points and Stringer Attendance Center with 530. Wayne County won the first round in the play-offs by 5 points leaving a 3-way tie.  PCS missed the tie-breaking question forcing them out of the final round. Lawrence County missed its last opportunity to fight for the title when Stringer answered the last of the ten questions in the second play-off round to put them in second place. In the Championship 20-question round, Wayne County took the early, and comfortable lead.   Stringer closed the gap to five points by answering the last couple of questions correctly, before Wayne County sealed their win.
“It means a lot to us to win because we practice two-and-a-half hours every Thursday,” said Wayne County team captain, Nathan Ford.  “It makes all those hard classes worth it.”
Team sponsor, Ashley Phillips said these Wayne County students quiz each other throughout the day, between classes. Ford said its part of their competitive drive, inspired by Phillips’ competitive spirit. “Maybe this win will generate more interest in this form of competition at Wayne County because these students did a great job,” said Phillips.
Team member Shakeika Everett added, “I’m glad we won because it’s good to win something besides athletics at Wayne County. We’re more than just sports at Wayne County.”                                                           
JCJC’s Math Bowl is a venue to spotlight the academic talent of the area’s best and brightest high school math students, according to coordinator Jessica Bunch. “It’s a passion of mine and I’m very excited about what’s happening here and I’m looking forward to expanding the competition to a ‘season’ of competition by creating math leagues. Students will have the opportunity to compete weekly, just like athletics, and the best teams and individuals will face-off at the Math Bowl, like a district championship,” said Bunch.
For more information about the event contact Jessica Bunch (JCJC Math Bowl Coordinator) at 601-477-5422 or email at jessica.bunch@jcjc.edu for more information.


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