MORRIS COUNTY — Mathematics students at County College of Morris (CCM) gained top positions in the Student Mathematics League fall and spring competitions as they put what they learned in the classroom to the test.
During the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters, Dr. Chung Wong, professor of Mathematics, led a group of over 40 CCM students in the math competitions. As a member of the Mid-Atlantic region, CCM finished 2nd in the Fall, 1st in the Spring, and 2nd overall in the region.
Students who placed the highest in order of finish were:
Fall 2022: Brian Ries of Mount Tabor, Scott Abramson of Mendham, Joseph Fattorusso of Netcong, Caitlyn Parrish-Lewis of Mine Hill, and Mark Morla of Morris Plains.
Spring 2023: Richard Steinel of Parsippany, Damian Gizas of Port Murray, Patrick Gardner of Sparta, John Morrison of New Providence, and Michael Rothstein of Lake Hopatcong.
The placements were based on the combined top five scores of the students from each school. Each school held its competition on its campus, and results were uploaded to a website that tallied the totals.
The Student Mathematics League is held each Fall and Spring Semester to allow students to test their problem-solving skills and see how they compare to math students from around the nation. CCM started taking part in the competition in the Fall 2018 Semester.
“We’re looking forward to running the competitions next academic year so even more students can apply their mathematical skills outside the classroom,” says Wong. “The competition offers students the opportunity not only to test their abilities but to gain increased confidence in their skills.”
Those with a degree in math are in high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that math occupations will grow 29 percent through 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations. Learn more about the Mathematics Program at CCM. The college is currently enrolling for the Summer and Fall semesters.