Winners Announced in National Math Competition

First-place team was from Rochester (N.Y.) School for the Deaf, here with NTID's Mark Sommer.

Winners have been announced in Rochester Institute of Technology’s fifth annual Math Competition for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

The competition, held at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf April 8-10, welcomed more than 100 deaf and hard-of-hearing middle school students from 18 states: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Mississippi, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

They competed in tasks that tested their speed and accuracy, teamwork and math skills.

Individual winners:

  • First ($100): David Mayes, from Rochester (N.Y.) School for the Deaf.
  • Second ($75): Brittany Skjeveland, from Indiana School for the Deaf, Indianapolis.
  • Third ($50): Abraham Glasser, from Barker Road Middle School, Pittsford, N.Y.

Team winners:

  • First: Rochester (N.Y.) School for the Deaf: Brianna DiGiovanni, David Mayes, Felicia McGinnis and Madilyn Smith.
  • Second: Haggard Middle School, Plano, Texas: Rene Calderon, Naomi Hoersten, Carla Peralta and Amari Smith.
  • Third: Indiana School for the Deaf, Indianapolis. JamiLee Hoglind, Preston Kelly, Kenneth Peters and Brittany Skjeveland.

Most spirited team:

  • First: Mississippi School for the Deaf, Jackson: Keith Brignac, Hope Davis, Jaleah Dortch and Rosebrena Maiten.
  • Honorable mention: LaCrosse (Wisc.) Area Schools: Sean Deml, Ellen Thao and Bee Yang.

More information about the contest is available at

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