Mississippi College

MC Salutes Science and Math Tournament Winners

February 6, 2009

Talented high school teams from metro Jackson, the Delta and North Mississippi are among the academic champs this week at Mississippi College.

Teams from Clinton High, Jackson Prep, Indianola Academy, St. Andrews Episcopal School and Walnut High, among others, left the Clinton campus with trophies. The reward was for their outstanding work as participants in MC's 35th annual Science & Mathematics Tournament.

"There is always excellent competition," said Janice Cox, who teaches Advanced Placement biology at Jackson Prep. "This does a great deal to encourage our students."

Cox joined eight Jackson Prep students at Swor Auditorium for an awards program Thursday. There were nearly 600 test-takers statewide for the opening round of the tournament. Another 500 students took part in the competition ending Friday afternoon.

Jackson Prep finished No. 1 in Thursday's team competition. Clinton High finished second and third place went to St. Andrews Episcopal School.

There were 59 schools participating Thursday. MC Mathematics Department Chairman John Travis, who handed out many of the awards, was impressed with the many amazing academic performances.

But it took more than one or two bright students to pull a school to victory. "It was really a team effort all the way," Travis said.

As many as a dozen students from each school could participate in the battery of math and science tests. MC professors develop the tests and make changes every year. Students take 50-minute written exams in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, math and physics.

All those placing in the top 20 percent on each test will be offered MC scholarships ranging from $300 to $2,000 per year.

For more information on the event, contact tournament director Dr. Jerry Cannon, MC's chemistry department chairman, at 601.925.3425 or cannon@mc.edu

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