Two Hamburg students were recognized as top students in a state math contest.
The top mathematics students from southeast Arkansas competed at the annual Arkansas Council for Teachers of Mathematics Southeast Arkansas Mathematics Contest hosted earlier this month by the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Julia Everett of Hamburg tested in trigonometry/precalculus and Reid Mansur of Hamburg tested in calculus, and both students were awarded second place in their subject.
“I was shocked when they called my name for second place,” Mansur said.
“After finishing the test, I didn’t have much hope for placing. A lot of the material on the test was new to me.”
Everett said she likewise didn’t expect to place, but was exited to hear her name called.
“An odd mixture of shock and joy was visible on my face when I heard my name attached to second place,” Everett said.
Both students credited Hamburg math teacher, Shelvia Ross, with being a big part of their success.
“I am incredibly grateful to have a teacher who invests so much time, energy, and love into each student’s education,” Everett said.
Mansur said Ross was teaching him all the way to the contest.
“Mrs. Ross had actually taught me some new concepts on the bus to Monticello,” Mansur said.
Mansur said the new bus ride tips helped with some of the new material, but thanks to Ross he spent more time focusing on the things he knew instead of the things he didn’t.
“She’d rather her students completely comprehend and excel at a portion of the subject than have a shallow grasp of multiple concepts,” Mansur said. “This really proved to be effective at the ACTM competition.”