Top math students from Eastern Maine competed Wednesday in the opening meets of the season, with Bangor High School and Foxcroft Academy leading their divisions in the first of five statewide math team contests for 2011-2012.
More than 2,000 students on 140 teams compete in Maine annually. Eastern Maine has two divisions, north and south, with about 500 students and 31 teams.
At the end of the season, the school whose team has the highest cumulative score is declared the State Champion. Following this, there is another competition called the State Meet where more than 95 schools each field a team of 10 students who all complete a series of challenging problems for one day. All compete in the same room, the Bangor Auditorium or the Portland Civic Center on alternate years.
These contests have a proud history with many students strengthening their math skills in the spirit of friendly competition. It is one of the educational opportunities that Maine offers in superior fashion to most states.