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Math Students Are First Among Community Colleges

For the third year in a row, the College math team has taken first place honors for community colleges and fourth among all competing colleges at the New Jersey Undergraduate Math League Competition held at Monmouth University. The Middlesex team, under the tutelage of Professor Paul Bachmann, was outscored only by Princeton, the Rutgers A-Team and University of Scranton. Of the 28 competing teams, each consisting of three individuals, the Middlesex members placed sixth, ninth and 28th among the 84 competing students.

The math team consisted of Alex Filiakov, Saarth Shah and Kevin Wong.

"We are extremely proud of our outstanding students," said Dr. Maria DeLucia, chair of the mathematics department at Middlesex. "They are examples of the kind of very bright students who come here to begin their college education and to learn, taking full advantage of the options they have. They are outstanding reminders to never overlook the community college when it comes to educating the superior student."

Professor Bachmann, who has been the team advisor for the six years that the New Jersey Mathematical Association has been holding the competition, praises the students and their love of math. "I enjoy working with them and hearing how their minds are so absorbed with mathematics," he said. "They are forever asking me to challenge them with new problems and are delighted and excited about what they are learning and what they can do. These are very smart kids who come here specifically for mathematics education."