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Mississippi College Hosts 38th Science and Mathematics Tournament

January 31, 2012

More than 1,000 high schools students will compete for scholarships and bragging rights at the 38th annual Mississippi Science and Mathematics Tournament.

Mississippi College is again hosting the February 2-3, 2012 event and it’s kept faculty members on the Clinton campus working hard to get ready.

“It’s been a busy two weeks,” said Leland W. Benton, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The bulk of the students are from Mississippi, but there are also participants coming from schools in neighboring Arkansas and Louisiana, he said.

The students will compete for scholarships worth up to $2,000 annually at MC.

Students are signed up from such area schools as Clinton High, Jackson Academy, Jackson Prep, Northwest Rankin and Pearl High. Participants are also traveling from schools south of Memphis to the Gulf Coast.

Students and teachers are pumped about the academic competition.

“The MC tournament means a great deal to our students,” said Renee Smith, a chemistry and Advanced Placement biology teacher at Clinton High. “Our students that go on and attend Mississippi College are able to earn scholarships renewable for all four years.”

Scholarships given begin at $300. Winners are announced at an awards ceremony at Swor Auditorium.

There will be 543 students coming from 51 schools Thursday. Friday’s roster includes 522 students from 48 schools.

Over the two days, the talented students will take 50-minute written exams in biology, chemistry, computer science, math and physics.

For more information, contact Leland Benton at 601.925.3853 or lbenton@mc.edu.

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