Over 500 students will compete in Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science’s Mu Alpha Theta Math Tournament on Feb. 20.

The event is set to take place at 9 a.m. in the Trotter Convention Center. 

The tournament will feature four different events, including: 

1.     Written Test (9 a.m.-10 a.m.): This multiple-choice test covers algebra 1 & 2, geometry, pre-calculus and calculus. 

2.     Ciphering (10:10 a.m.-11:10 a.m.): During this 20-question test, students will have just 2 minutes to answer each question. 

3.     Mini-Interschool Round (11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m.): Ten students from each school participate as a team for this challenge. During this event, they have to work together to solve five complex math problems.

4.      Potpourri (11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m.): Four students from each school participate as a team for this challenge, which consists of logic-based problems and puzzles. 

 This year, 8th-12th grade students are competing from the following schools: Aberdeen High School, Amory High School, Brandon High School, Center Hill High School, Cleveland Central High School, Columbus High School, Corinth High School, DeSoto Central High School, Germantown High School, Grenada High School, Harrison Central High School, Heritage Academy, Holmes County Central High School, Jackson Academy, Kosciusko High School, Lafayette High School, Lewisburg High School, Mendenhall High School, Northwest Rankin High School, Olde Town Middle School, Pontotoc High School, Raymond High School, Ridgeland High School, Southeast Lauderdale High, St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Thomas Edward Sr. High School and Winona High School.

The MSMS Chapter of Mu Alpha Theta has hosted this tournament for over 20 years. In addition to writing the tests for each event, MSMS students help manage the tournament. By hosting this annual tournament, MSMS students can raise the necessary funds to attend the Mu Alpha Theta State Convention in April. To learn more about the Mu Alpha Theta Club on campus, visit www.themsms.org/extracurriculars.