For the third year in a row, Wyoming Valley West High School brought home a full tuition scholarship to Wilkes University after winning first place in the Luzerne County Council of Teachers of Mathematics Math Contest. The 71st annual math contest, sponsored by the LCCTM, took place on March 7 at Wilkes University. All schools in Luzerne County sent their best mathematicians to compete. The competition included a junior and senior division and 10 students per school competed for each division. “The contest is the premier event for the LCCTM and it is extremely difficult,” said David Novrocki, principal of Wyoming Valley West High School. The test was composed of two sections, each an hour long, with college level questions encompassing subjects from algebra to calculus. “Winning this competition is an outstanding accomplishment,” said Principal Novrocki. “It’s like a combination of winning the lottery and winning a sports championship.” In 2017, Wyoming Valley West graduate, Andrew Faul, placed first in the junior division. He then placed first again in the senior division in 2018. With his full tuition scholarship, Andrew now attends Wilkes University. This year, junior Brendan Woods placed first in the junior division and was granted a full scholarship to Wilkes University. Even though the test was a challenge, Brendan prepared and was confident. “The night before, I stayed up late looking at tests from years before,” said Brendan. Brendan got 11 out of 20 correct on part one of the test and 8 out of 20 correct on part two. He plans on participating in the contest again next year. “I might’ve set the bar too high for myself but I’ll still study,” said Brendan. In addition to Brendan’s first place achievement, Junior Brandon Lantz placed third in his division and the juniors from Wyoming Valley West scored highest as a team. “Overall, these students have always been top notch throughout their high school careers,” said Kathleen Wise, math department chair at Wyoming Valley West. Principal Novrocki even believes Wyoming Valley West has the potential to attain another first place next year. “We have an outstanding junior group and a number of talented sophomores,” said Novrocki. Regardless of what next year brings, the math department and administration at Wyoming Valley West is immensely proud of their students. Mollie McFarland is co-editor in chief of WVW student publications at Wyoming Valley West High School. Student columns are published Wednesdays during the school year.