Success In Mathematics Adds Up At Cleveland State

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - by Don Foley, Cleveland State Community College
Four Cleveland State students placed in the Tennessee Mathematics Association of Two-Year College’s Math Contest. The contest is an opportunity for two-year college students in Tennessee to compete against their peers in one of five mathematical divisions. 232 students from seven different community colleges participated in the contest.
 
Ryan Medlin placed fourth in the “Calculus A” category. He is part of the Tennessee Valley Early College Program, in which he is pursuing an associate’s degree as a full-time Cleveland State student at the same time he is earning a high school diploma.
He is a junior at Cleveland High School and wants to become a mechanical or aerospace engineer. He is also an active member of Cleveland State’s Engineering Club “It provides me an opportunity to apply some of the knowledge that I've gained and hear about internships, co-ops, and scholarship opportunities pertaining to engineering,” said Mr. Medlin.
 
Kelsey Mabry placed third in the Pre-Calculus category. She is a senior from Bradley Central High School who attends Cleveland State as a dual enrollment student. She wants to earn a Ph.D. in biochemistry. Her goal is to become a scientific researcher, professor or both. She enjoys math and chemistry because she likes to observe and question things. With theory and justifications behind math equations, as it is in Chemistry, math allows my brain to rest easy,” said Ms. Mabry. “It perfectly describes the way the world works and allows me to predict and manipulate its processes.”
 
Beau Neidich placed second in the “Calculus A” category. She graduated from Walker Valley High School in May 2019 as an AP Scholar of Distinction due to the five Advanced Placement tests she passed. Her major is civil engineering and she would like to focus on water resources. Her career goal is to provide dependable access to sanitary water while keeping environmental and humanitarian impacts in mind. “I believe that assisting people to live healthier and safer lives is one of the most unacknowledged and underappreciated aspects of engineering,” said Ms. Neidich.
 
QianYao He placed first in the Calculus A category. She is a freshman in the University Parallel program at Cleveland State, and her career goal is to work with international businesses and investments. She appreciates that Cleveland State offers multiple resources for tutoring, like the Math Lab, Tutoring and Learning Center and Tutor.com. “The faculty members at CSCC are very nice and approachable,” said Ms. He. “My professor, Dr Augustine, knows his material very well and is willing to help with all kinds of math problems in and outside of class.”
 
The TMATYC math contest is offered every November.  All math students, regardless of major, are invited to participate. If you would like more information about next year's contest, contact Molly Augustine at 423-472-7141, ext. 293.

Students are currently enrolled online and on-campus through the CSCC main campus in Cleveland, as well as CSCC’s Athens Center in Athens, Tn. and Monroe County Center in Vonore, Tn. For more information, contact CSCC’s Director of Communications and Marketing Don Foley at 423-473-2341 or dfoley@clevelandstatecc.edu.

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