Math Competition to be Held at Bethel College

The mathematics department of Bethel College will be holding its first ever mathematics competition. The Blaise Pascal High School Mathematics Competition will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2006, in the Miller/Moore Academic Center of Bethel College. An $8 registration may be paid on the day of the competition. Schools may register up to 20 students. Check-in will take place in the lobby of the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center Auditorium at 8:30 a.m. High school students from Marian, John Glenn, Clay and Granger Christian High Schools, as well as various students from home schooling groups in the area will be in attendance.

The exam consists of 45 multiple-choice questions. The students will have 90 minutes to complete these questions. Although most of the questions will be the standard computational questions, there is an added aspect that makes this exam unique. This exam will include questions about the history of mathematics, with at least one question regarding the life of Blaise Pascal. Students will only be allowed the use of a No. 2 pencil and scratch paper—no other instruments or aids will be permitted. When the exam has finished, students will have the opportunity to tour the campus and eat lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Each student will receive his/her own individual score, but the top three scores from each school will be combined to form a team score. There will be four categories for awards:
1. The top three individual scores among seniors in the competition
2. The top three individual scores overall among freshmen, sophomores and juniors
3. The top three individual scores overall
4. The top three team scores

The names of the schools and the team participants that win the top three team scores will also be recorded on a plaque in the Bethel College mathematics sciences department. The student with the top individual score in the competition will receive a $2,500 scholarship to Bethel; the second-place student will receive a $2,000 scholarship and the third-place individual will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Bethel will also be giving away an I-Pod Nano to a randomly selected student and a $20 gift card to Border's to a randomly selected teacher. Any student registered for the competition and present during the awards ceremony is eligible to win.

For more information, please contact Robert Myers, chair, mathematical sciences department at 574.257.3524 or

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,081 includes students from 29 states and Puerto Rico, 21 countries, more than 25 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart Campus and two satellite locations (in Nappanee and in Dowagiac, Mich.). The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.