Regional math tourney draws students from 18 high schools to Florence

December 6, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University was the site of a high school competition on Tuesday. However, this competition featured calculators and protractors and not shoulder pads or 40-yard dashes.

Two-hundred and ninety-two students from 18 high schools in eight counties attended the 42nd Pee Dee Regional High School Mathematics Tournament in the McNair Science Facility. Included were schools from Chesterfield, Marion, Darlington, Georgetown, Horry, Florence, Dillon, and Williamsburg counties. Johnsonville High School, South Florence High School, The King’s Academy, and West Florence High School represented Florence County in the competition.


The tournament featured a one-hour individual written competition in the morning and a fastest-answer team competition in the afternoon. For the afternoon session, the teams competing were divided into divisions.

The first-place winner in the written competition was Dashiell Stevanovich of the Scholars Academy. Scholars Academy also took second and third place thanks to Ryan Bao and Henry Hein. Honorable mention was given to Cameron Ball, Scholars Academy; Justin Fuentes, Georgetown High School; Hudson Hok, Scholars Academy; Justin Indla, Scholars Academy; Marcos Mann, Scholars Academy; Ryan Moss, Scholars Academy; Dylan Ortuno, Scholars Academy; Ruth Player, Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School; and Genna Rivers, Central High School.

The winners of the high school division competitions were Green Sea Floyds High School in Division I and The King’s Academy in Division II.

The runners-up in Division I were Marion High School and Mullins High School. In Division II, West Florence High School was the runner-up.

The Top Tetrad champions were Scholars Academy. Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School was the division’s runner-up.

Scholars Academy was formed in 2003 as a partnership between Coastal Carolina University and Horry County Schools. In the school, high-achieving students from Horry take required courses, honors/advanced placement, and college courses. Around 200 students are enrolled at the school.

Brittany Baker, assistant professor of physics at Francis Marion, spoke to the competitors about the physics of roller coasters.