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Emmanuel Christian School wins math competition in Florence

March 17, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – High school math teams from 12 area schools competed for a $1,500 prize during the Technical Mathematics Competition on Friday at Florence-Darlington Technical College.

The team from Emmanuel Christian School won first place, claiming the highest monetary prize and and the team’s first trophy from the annual competition. Juniors and seniors on the team were Caroline Helms, Chandler Morrell, Edward Morris and Peyton Beisecker.

“It’s more pride for our school,” Helms said.

Beisecker said that since Emmanuel is a small school, winning the competition is “extra special.”

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The team from Mayo High School won second place and $1,000, and the team from Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School won third place and $500. These monetary awards were for schools’ math departments. Students on the winning teams also received individual awards.

Emmanuel Christian School will probably use the group award for technology, students said.

The problems featured real-world math questions about topics such as making car payments or being overcharged for a purchase. Questions were submitted by local industries and businesses.

A maximum of four students were on each team.

Students used pencil and paper to solve the timed problems but were allowed to use scientific calculators for the more sophisticated problems.

This was the 22nd annual Technical Mathematics Competition. The competition is sponsored by the college’s Educational Foundation.

After the competition, students broke for a lunch provided by the college and attended an awards ceremony. Students from the first-place team each received a trophy and $100 prize. Students from the second-place team each received a trophy and $50 prize. Students from the third-place team each received a trophy and $25 prize.

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