Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition

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The Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition (MMPC) is an annual high school mathematics competition held in Michigan. First founded in 1958, the competition has grown to include over 10,000 high school participants (although middle-schoolers may also participate through a high school). The director and host of this competition changes every three years, the most recent director being Stephanie Edwards of Hope College. This competition consists of two parts, which are added together to determine score:

Part I: A 40 question, multiple-choice exam open to all Michigan high schoolers
Part II: A 5 question, proof exam given only to the Top 1000 scorers on Part I

The Top 100 scorers on the combined score of both parts of the competition are honored at an awards banquet, usually at the host university, although recent years have seen more than 100 people being awarded due to ties.

Problem difficulty[edit]

The problems on the competition range from basic algebra to precalculus and are within the grasp of a high schooler's mathematical knowledge. The contest contains concepts from a variety of topics, including geometry and combinatorics.

Grading[edit]

For each correct answer on Part I, one point is awarded for a maximum score of 40 points.

Part II has 5 ten point problems. The test is graded out of 50 points.

The highest possible score on this test is 100 points. While no one has ever scored a perfect, recent scores have been in the high 90s (the highest being a 99, achieved by Allen Yuan of Detroit Country Day School in 2009).

Awards[edit]

The Top 100 are invited to an awards banquet. Although the Top 50 are denoted as "bronze," no actual medal is awarded. Likewise, the Top 10 and Top 3 are called "silver" and "gold" (respectively) but do not receive medals.

The Lower 50 are deemed "honorable mentions" and receive a gift card/certificate/book.

Everyone in the Top 50 receives a scholarship ranging in size from $250 to $2500.

In the 2012 contest, Akhil Nistala became the first winner in Novi High School history, breaking a streak of 6 consecutive top scorers for Detroit Country Day School.

Recent winners[edit]

2013: Jacqueline Bredenberg, Detroit Country Day School

2012: Akhil Nistala, Novi High School

2011: David Lu, Detroit Country Day School

2010: Allen Yuan, Detroit Country Day School

2009: Allen Yuan, Detroit Country Day School

2008: Allen Yuan, Detroit Country Day School

2007: Alan Huang, Detroit Country Day School

2006: Alan Huang, Detroit Country Day School

2005: Frederic Sala, Troy High School

2004: John Zhou, Detroit Country Day School

2003: Anant Gupta, Troy High School

2002: Robert Hough, Dow High School

2001: Mike Asmar, Troy High School

2000: Qian Zhang, Livonia MSC Program

1999: Qian Zhang, Livonia MSC Program

1998: Michael Khoury Jr., Brother Rice High School

1997: J. Benjamen Hough, H.H. Dow High School

1996: Bryant Matthews, Forest Hills Northern High School

1995: Amit Khetan, ICAE

1994: Amit Khetan, ICAE

1993: Amit Khetan, ICAE

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