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Release Date Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Area Students Win West River Math Contest at South Dakota Mines

Trophies are awarded to the overall champions at the 70th annual West River Math Contest at South Dakota Mines. This year, 432 students were in attendance.

South Dakota Mines hosted the 70th annual West River Math Contest on Monday, May 9, following a two-year hiatus due to COVID. In total, 432 middle and high school students from across the region attended the annual contest that includes Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Advanced Math and Masters categories. A photo album from the contest is here.

West river Math Contest crowd 2022  The top five contestants in each category went home with awards and the full list of winners can be found here. The top schools were also awarded the Julie J. Dahl Award for Best Team Performance. The 2022 overall team winners were St. Thomas More in Class B and Rapid City Stevens in Class A. 

Mines has held the contest since 1950. Mines President Jim Rankin took part in the event as a student in Ft. Pierre before he entered college. “Congratulations to the 2022 winners and participants,” says Rankin. “All of the attendees at the West River Math Contest, whether they won awards or not, have bright futures in STEM. These are the nation’s future problem solvers who will tackle the challenges of tomorrow.”

Next year’s West River Math Contest is slated for May 8, 2023.


About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

Contact: Mike Ray, 605-394-6082, mike.ray@sdsmt.edu

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