Four Hartnell College students took top honors in the first round of competition held on campus that was sponsored by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) Student Math League.
First place went to Ryan Kinnett of Salinas; Jorge Magana and Tri Nguyen-Phan, both of Salinas, tied for second; Kim Khanh Vu, also of Salinas, came in third. Also participating in Hartnell's team effort were Oscar Torres of Morgan Hill and Manuel Perez of Salinas.
Students at 165 two-year colleges in 35 states participated in the competition, which involved the taking of a one-hour exam.
"I am extremely proud of our students," said Kelly Locke, Hartnell math instructor. "They met on Wednesday afternoons and took practice exams to get ready for the competition. I organized the meetings and did some of the coaching, but they really did all the hard work. They put in a lot of effort in getting ready for this competition in addition to their demanding class schedules."
She said the students competed individually, and also as a team representing Hartnell.
The scores from round one will be combined with scores from round two in the spring. The AMATYC will award prizes to top-scoring teams and individuals.
"We won't know how we did nationally until all the results have been tallied," Locke said. "And, of course, the final results won't be known until after round two."
For more information, contact Kelly Locke at (831) 755-6758.