Vicksburg, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District and the Vicksburg chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) hosted a math competition for local students Feb. 5 at the district headquarters in Vicksburg.
The math competition was for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Students from Porters Chapel Academy, St. Francis Elementary School, St. Aloysius High School, Academy of Innovation and Warren Central High School participated. St. Aloysius won the team award, and St. Aloysius student Will Keen won the individual award. Vicksburg District Commander Col. Michael C. Derosier and Chief of Engineering and Construction Henry Dulaney presented the winning students with certificates.
“We are honored to welcome some of the brightest young minds in Vicksburg to the district’s headquarters for the math competition each year,” said Derosier. “These exceptional students are the leaders of the future, and the Vicksburg District is eager to help them develop their love for science, technology, engineering and mathematics through opportunities like the math competition.”
The format of the competition was inspired by MATHCOUNTS, a national program that allows students to participate in live, in-person mathematic contests with their peers. The USACE and SAME math competition is designed to build the confidence and challenge the problem-solving skills of local students.
The Vicksburg District is committed to STEM educational outreach, and team members regularly volunteer for roles as mentors, tutors and proctors for state testing; judges for science fairs; and speakers for educational events. For almost 30 years, the Vicksburg District has partnered with the Vicksburg Warren School District to inform and inspire future leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana that holds seven major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline levees. The district is engaged in hundreds of projects and employs approximately 1,100 personnel. For more information on the Vicksburg District, visit https://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/ and follow the district on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VicksburgUSACE/ and Twitter at https://twitter.com/vicksburgusace.