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Hudson Valley Math Team Ranked First in State in Fall NYSMATYC Contest; Led by Zink

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, December 20, 2000

Hudson Valley student Thomas Zink of Sand Lake led the way as Hudson Valley's math team achieved number one ranking in the state in the annual New York State Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges contest. Zink was the leading scorer in the state. Other high scorers from Hudson Valley included Aaron Brian O'Connor of Clifton Park, Chin Yung Derrick Cheng of Rensselaer, John Dingee of Esperance and Jeffrey Hawley of Watervliet. Hudson Valley Instructor Ann Leonard oversaw the contest and coached the team.

"We've very proud of our outstanding engineering and mathematics students here at Hudson Valley," said Engineering Science and Mathematics Department Chair Ann Marie Murray. "Coming in first in the state in both individual and team rankings is no small accomplishment."

The purpose of the contest is to foster creativity and pique curiosity in mathematics. This fall 35 mathematics students from Hudson Valley participated in the contest. The five highest scores were submitted to NYSMATYC from each of the 21 colleges participating.

The scores from the spring contest will be added to those from the fall for a total score for the year. The team with the highest combined scores will be awarded a championship plaque. Each semester, the top three winners from across the state are awarded subscriptions to a science, math or computer journal of their choice.

At Hudson Valley Community College, students benefit from easy access to dedicated faculty, small class sizes, and excellent laboratory and computer facilities. Hudson Valley's Mathematics and Science and Engineering Science programs also offer a variety of flexible class options, including evening classes. Students in the program have transferred to such prestigious colleges as Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, MIT, Rochester Institute of Technology, Union College and Clarkson University.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.