Harford Community College students participated in the 10th Annual Student Mathematics Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament (SMMART) hosted by Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale campus, on April 21. There were 21 teams from nine colleges in the mid-Atlantic region. Three HCC math teams participated in the tournament.

Team I - Kasey Davenport, Loic Djomo, Armstrong Gbessagee, and Dakota Perez - took 9th place. Team 2 - Elizabeth Johns, Will Westhoff, Max Craig, and Zachary Herbert - took 4th place and had the second best score overall. Team 3 - Katherine Cruz, Anika Zamurd, Thao Vo, and John Uncango - took 14th place.

"Math is not about numbers, equations, computation or algorithms; it is about understanding. It requires a careful blend of intuition and logic. Learning math forces you to learn how to think logically and to solve problems using that skill. By participating in the tournament, our students realized that to solve a problem effectively, teamwork is as essential as possessing outstanding academic performance in the classroom," said Dr. Supawan King, HCC Associate Professor of Mathematics and Math Club advisor.

HCC Assistant Professor of Physics Evan Bucklin; Chris Jones, HCC Professor of Mathematics; and Sanny Vernon, HCC Adjunct Faculty, Mathematics, served as chaperones at the event.

For the past seven years, Mu Alpha Theta, the Math Honor Society, HCC Chapter, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) division have recruited HCC students to participate in SMMART.

Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society, Harford Community College Chapter

Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society recognizes and encourages students who enjoy and excel in mathematics. In order to qualify for membership, students must have at least one mathematics course at or above the College Algebra/Precalculus level and a 3.0 grade point average in all courses at or above the College Algebra/Precalculus level.