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Macomb Community College students earn top honors in national math competition

– Monday, May 16, 2016 12:00AM

Student Zachary Obsniuk earns highest cumulative score nationally

Three high school students seeking college-level math mentoring chose to enroll at Macomb Community College, and the results have been rewarding. Zachary Obsniuk and Brendan Vande Kieft, both of Livonia, and James Jahns, of Northville, recently competed individually and as a team in the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges Student Mathematics League (SML) exam. The team placed second in the Midwest and ninth nationally.

Obsniuk earned the highest cumulative score in the nation and Vande Kieft placed 18 out of 2,004 competitors. Vande Kieft and Jahns scored fourth and fifth, consecutively, in the Midwest out of 351 competitors. 

The students are dual enrolled in Macomb and Churchill High School in Livonia.  David Friday, Macomb math professor has mentored the students for the past several years.

“Macomb is a bit out of the way for them, but the experience has been beneficial to all involved,” said Friday, who oversaw independent study calculus courses with the students. “The boys are involved in many other activities including robotics, marching band and Eagle Scouts, and participate in other national mathematics competitions.”

The SML competition is conducted in two phases, with part one administered in fall semester and part two administered in winter semester. This is to ensure that only students who are at the institution for a full year can compete for the top honors.

About Macomb Community College
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