19Dec $18,000 in scholarships awarded to local high school students in Marion Mathematics Challenge by Wendy Weichenthal Some bright local high school students are heading into winter break with a total of $18,000 in scholarship money from The Ohio State University at Marion and Marion Technical College after winning the OSU MTC Marion Mathematics Challenge. Held on the Marion Campus this past week, a total of 162 students competed. They came from seven school districts: Cardington, Harding, Highland, North Union, Pleasant, Ridgedale and River Valley. The Ohio State University at Marion and Marion Technical College each provided $9,000 in scholarships, for a total of $18,000 in scholarships awarded. The top three student at each grade level were awarded a trophy and scholarship to The Ohio State University at Marion and Marion Technical College. Each first place students received a $1,000 scholarship to each college; second place received $750 to each institution; and third place received $500 to both OSU and MTC. The 12th grade winners are: Dalton Skaggs, North Union, first place; Zak Kratowicz, North Union, second place; and Halle Marvich, Pleasant, third place. The 11th grade winners are: Izaiah Wiley, Pleasant, first place; Isabella Frazier, Harding, second place; and Katelyn Grant, River Valley, third place. The 10th grade winners include: Allison Simon, Harding, first place; Eian Zachmann, Pleasant, second place; and Savannah Fitzpatrick, Highland, third place. The ninth grade individual award and scholarship recipients include: Ashley Hayward, North Union, first place; Tucker Sloan, Harding, second place; and Jack Chaffee, Highland, third place. In the team competition, the top six scores from each school are added together. The top three schools in the team competition win a trophy and each team member each receives a medal. North Union was the top team, made up of these top scorers: Dalton Skaggs, Zak Kratowicz, Gavin Zwayer, Ashley Hayward, Calvin Harvey and Alec O’Reilly. Pleasant placed second in the team competition. The team was comprised of: Halle Marvich, Eian Zachmann, Wyatt Wells, Izaiah Wiley, Brenden Bosh, and Aubrie Lambert. Harding won third place in the team competition. Team members include: Isabella Frazier, Austin Taylor, Allison Simon, Parker Richards, Brooklin Williams and Tucker Sloan. Committee members who work organize the event, write the test, calculate the winners, prepare practice tests, and assign rooms include: David Gorenflo, Tech Prep Consultant for Marion Technical College; John Maharry, Associate Professor of Mathematics of The Ohio State Marion; Brian McEnnis, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus at The Ohio State University at Marion; and Sally O’Connor, Adjunct Faculty of Marion Technical College. Sponsors include the Wm. Kay Davis Foundation for covering the cost of the trophies and medals for the event and to Wyandot for providing snacks to the participants.