YSU students rank in top quarter nationally in mathematics contest

A team of seven Youngstown State University students ranked in the top quarter of competitors nationwide in the 2015 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, the best known and most prestigious mathematics contest in North America.

Nearly 4,300 students from 554 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada participated.

The Putnam exam, administered by the Mathematical Association of America, consists of 12 questions, each worth 10 points. More than half of the competitors nationwide received a score of 0.

YSU student Josiah Banks of Campbell, Ohio, finished ranked in the top 22 percent of all participants taking the exam, while Michael Baker of Bristolville, Ohio, Jenna Wise of Hubbard, Ohio, and Crystal Mackey of Bristolville, Ohio, ranked in the top 40 percent. Other YSU students participating were Emily Hoopes of Warren, Ohio, Gabrielle Van Scoy of Lisbon, Ohio, and Monica Busser of Farmdale, Ohio.