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For the fifth consecutive year, a Lafayette team has earned first place in the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges Math Contest. The College fielded squads that took four of the top five places in the competition, held Oct. 30 at Moravian College.

Tying with a five-student Lehigh University team after scoring 91 of a possible 100 points on the test were Rob McEwen ’05 (Morgantown, Pa.), who is pursuing an A.B. degree with a mathematics major and a B.S. computer science degree; mathematics major Greg Francos ’05 (Haddonfield, N.J.); Ekaterina Jager ’05 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), who is pursuing an A.B. degree with a mathematics-economics major and a B.S. electrical and computer engineering degree; and Jinjin Qian ’08 (Shanghai, China).

Lafayette’s top teams won first place outright in the four prior years of the contest.

Twelve teams with a total for 43 students from Lafayette, Lehigh, Moravian, Muhlenberg, and DeSales competed this year. Organizers provided a small breakfast before the contest started and free pizza for a “solution fest” afterward. Gary Gordon, professor of mathematics, served as organizer for Lafayette’s contingent.

Finishing in third place with 78 points were mathematics major Brian Kronenthal ’07 (Yardley, Pa.); mechanical engineering major Varun Mehta ’06 (New Delhi, India); Ibrahima Bah ’06 (Bronx, N.Y.), who is pursuing B.S. degrees in mathematics and physics; and Farhan Ahmed ’05 (Utter Pradesh, India), who is pursuing an A.B. degree with a mathematics-economics major and a B.S. electrical and computer engineering degree

The fourth-place team, which scored 65 points, was comprised of physics major Aydin Gerek ’07 (Istanbul, Turkey); Haotian Wu ’07(Suzhou, China), a double major in physics and mathematics; computer science major Teruhisa Haruguchi ’07 (Short Hills, N.J.); and economics and business major Thuy Lan Nguyen ’07 (Hanoi, Vietnam).

Fifth place went to Jordan Tirrell ’08 (West Grove, Pa.), Xue Ji ’08 (Wuxi Jiangsu, China), and Keming Liang ’08 (Zibo, China), who scored 64 points.

Finishing ninth with 56 points were mathematics major Kyle Palmer ’06 (Perkasie, Pa.), electrical and computer engineering major John Kolba ’06 (Chelmsford, Mass.), history and government & law major Matt Gyory ’07 (Holmdel, N.J.), and mathematics major Ryan McCall ’07 (Seneca, Pa.).

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