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Outstanding math students test skills May 31 at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- More than 325 outstanding high school students from
the Midwest will test their skills in mathematics Saturday, May 31 in a
nationwide contest conducted by satellite hookup at the University of Iowa
and two other sites.
The American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) Competition will begin
Saturday morning in the North Gym of the UI Field House. The host for the
UI site is the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center
for Gifted Education and Talent Development of the UI College of Education.
Teams of students from Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Louisiana,
Minnesota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and Chicago have been invited to
compete at the UI site. They will compete simultaneously by satellite hookup
with similar groups of students who have gathered at Pennsylvania State
University and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV).
A total of 90 teams from 35 states and Canadian provinces are taking
part in the competition.
"ARML is a challenging and competitive test of students' abilities
in mathematics," said Nicholas Colangelo, director of the Belin-Blank
Center. "The students who are invited for the national contest have
proven they are among the best math students in their schools and in their
The ARML has been held annually since 1975 as a way to bring outstanding
students from around the country together for individual and team competitions
in mathematics. Since 1992 the UI and Penn State have worked together to
hold simultaneous competitions connected by state-of-the-art video technology.
The UNLV site was added in 1995.
A total of 327 students and 56 coaches will be at the Field House for
the UI portion of the ARML Competition.
Established in 1988, the Belin-Blank Center specializes in programming
and research to meet the educational needs of exceptionally talented children
and their teachers. The Center conducts an extensive roster of talent searches,
precollege programs, teacher training workshops and counseling programs.