Students Honored for Performance in Math Competition

The Austin Community College Foundation is honoring the college’s top scorers in a national math competition. The Student Math League, sponsored by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, is an annual contest, with final results announced in spring.

The ACC Foundation honored the winners at the December Board of Trustees meeting.

At the December Board of Trustees meeting, the ACC Foundation presented awards to the six highest scoring ACC students in the fall competition round.

Mark Lindberg (1st place – $200)

Lindberg is an Austin native who was homeschooled through 12th grade. He is majoring in music and plans to continue his education at a university. This is the third consecutive semester Lindberg has finished in first place.

Dean Marino (2nd place – $150)

Marino graduated from Leander ISD’s Vista Ridge High School in 2010. He has a 4.0 at ACC and plans to transfer to the University of Texas at Austin to study math, computer science, or actuary science.

Parker Timmins (3rd place – $125)

Timmins is a dance major at ACC and has been accepted into UT’s computer science program.

Karl Hoffman (4th place – $100)

Hoffman is a computer science major and plans to transfer to UT or Texas State University.

Seongeob Jang (5th place – $100)

Jang is in his third semester at ACC, majoring in business. He plans to transfer to a university to major in computer science.

Edward Balaguer (6th place – $100)

Balaguer works while attending ACC. He plans to transfer and major in engineering.

Hoffman, Jang, and Balaguer finished with ½ point between them.

“Thanks to these fine students, ACC has a sizeable lead in our region for the 2011-12 competition,” says Tony Vance, math professor. “We’re not getting complacent, but we feel pretty good about our chances.”

ACC students consistently perform well in the Student Math League; in 2010-11, the team tied for the high score in the Southwest Region, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona.

“We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the ACC Foundation and math faculty and friends – in particular The Numbers, the Math Department’s own Dixieland jazz band, led by Don Lavigne, math professor and trumpeter extraordinaire,” says Vance. “The band has passed the hat at several shows and donated all proceeds to the contest fund.”

The ACC Foundation provides a 2:1 match for prize donations. Over the past 11 years, the ACC Foundation has contributed more than $19,000 in matching funds for 173 students.

“We are delighted to recognize these bright students and wish them luck as they continue the competition,” says Edwina Carrington, chair of the ACC Foundation. “We know they’ll make ACC proud, just like the teams before them.”

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