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Ralph H. Willis Western Carolina University High School Mathematics Contest Collection


The Ralph H. Willis Western Carolina University High School Mathematics Contest Collection documents the history of the mathematics competition from its beginning as a regional competition in 1971, to the regional test site for the statewide competition it is today.The contest was created to stimulate interest in mathematics, raise mathematical competence in North Carolina students, and to honor and provide appropriate recognition to outstanding students in the western region of the state. It also provided an opportunity to stimulate teacher interest by providing a ground for exchanging ideas about the teaching and learning of mathematics.The collection consists of correspondence, memorandum ... (more below)

Title

Ralph H. Willis Western Carolina University High School Mathematics Contest Collection

Collection Number

PC.7032

Date(s)

1978 - 2010

Abstract

The Ralph H. Willis Western Carolina University High School Mathematics Contest Collection documents the history of the mathematics competition from its beginning as a regional competition in 1971, to the regional test site for the statewide competition it is today.

The contest was created to stimulate interest in mathematics, raise mathematical competence in North Carolina students, and to honor and provide appropriate recognition to outstanding students in the western region of the state. It also provided an opportunity to stimulate teacher interest by providing a ground for exchanging ideas about the teaching and learning of mathematics.

The collection consists of correspondence, memorandums, minutes, programs, lists of participants, winners, programs, exams, results, analysis, press releases, published articles, and photographs.

Creator

Willis, Ralph H.

Repository

Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina


Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


The North Carolina State Mathematics Contest, sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics, is one of the oldest academic competitions in the state. It was created to stimulate interest in mathematics, to increase students' mathematical competency, and to provide appropriate recognition to outstanding students, but it also provided an opportunity to stimulate teacher interest by providing a ground for exchanging ideas about the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Beginning in the early 1970s, regional math contests were organized by Campbell College (now Cambell University) in Buies Creek, and Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. In the following years, additional regional contests were established at colleges and universities. They differed in format and were conducted independently of one another.

In 1977, the president of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) and the director of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Mathematics Division voiced support for a math contest in which all students in North Carolina could participate. An ad hoc committee was created via NCCTM to organize a state contest and to work with colleges and universities interested in setting up additional regional testing sites.

In April 1979, tests were administered at 9 locations across the state - East Carolina University, Wayne Community College, Atlantic Christian College, Campbell College, Elon College, Pfeiffer College, Wingate College, Appalachian State University, and Western Carolina University.

Sixty-nine students from 38 high schools advanced to the second round at Research Triangle Park, thus the first state math contest exam took place May 24, 1979. The competition was later moved to the McKimmon Center at North Carolina State University until it found its permanent home at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. Soon after the first comprehensive contest, additional exams were added in Geometry, Algebra I and Algebra II at some regional locations.

Students are allotted 80 minutes to complete the exam, which is comprised of 40 multiple choice questions. Many colleges and universities offer scholarships to the top five finishers. The top 20 finishers are eligible to advance to the American Regions Mathematics League Meet. Many students credit the contest with helping to steer their academic interests and fostering a nurturing community of math enthusiasts from across the state.


Donated by Ralph H. Willis, 2016


  • Mathematics -- Competitions
  • North Carolina, Western

Box 1: 1971 - 1979

Box 2: 1980 - 1989

Box 3: 1990 - 1999

Box 4: 2000 - 2010

Box 1 : 1971 - 1978

Box 2 : 1979 - 1983

Box 3: 1984 - 1990

Box 4: 1991 - 1998

Box 5: 1999 - 2005

Box 6: 2006 - 2010

Box 1 : 1979 - 1983

Box 2: 1984 - 1987

Box 3: 1988 - 1991

Box 4: 1992 - 1997

Box 5: 1998 - 2002 A

Box 6: 2002 B - 2006

Box 7: 2007 - 2010

Box 1: 1971 - 1977

Box 2: 1978 - 1983

Box 3: 1984 - 1990

Box 4: 1991 - 1993

Box 5: 1994 - 1997

Box 6: 1998 - 2003

Box 7: 2004 - 2010

Box 1:

Algebra I, 1971 - 1992

Algebra I, 1993 - 2010

Algebra II, 1971 - 1990

Algebra II, 1991 - 2010

Comprehensive Test, 1971 - 1982

Comprehensive Test, 1983 - 1998

Comprehensive Test, 1999 - 2010

Geometry, 1971 - 1982

Geometry, 1983 - 1996

Geometry, 1997 - 2010

Box 2:

Answer Keys

Test Results Composites - Algebra I

Test Results Composites - Algebra II

Test Results Composites - Comprehensive Exam

Test Results Composites - Geometry

Regional Maps

Test Prep Guide, Algebra II Division, 1971 - 1980

Test Prep Guide, Comprehensive Exam, 1971 - 1980

North Carolina Mathematics League, 1981-1982

North Carolina Mathematics League, 1982-1983

North Carolina Mathematics League, 1983-1984

Western Carolina University Analysis of Mathematics Contest Exams, October 1984 - February 1985

Western Carolina University Analysis of Mathematics Contest Exams, October 1985 - February 1986

Western Carolina University Analysis of Mathematics Contest Exams, October 1986 - February 1987

A Forty-Year History of the WCU High School Mathematics Contest

State Mathematics Competition Committee Rosters

Miscellaneous