Hillcrest Academy's math students took first place in both the High School and Beginning High School levels at the Tri-College Math Competition. Forty-seven students from Hillcrest's one hundred and seventy-five person student body competed, outscoring every school in both the large and small schools divisions.
Schools from as far west as Bismarck and as far north as Thief River Falls competed in the 23rd annual event that was hosted at Concordia College, Moorhead. Counting all levels of the competition, 55 schools sent 232 teams, supplying over 2000 competitors.The Tri-College Competition is rotated each year between three colleges, North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo and Concordia College and Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) in Moorhead. This year, the tests were written by the NDSU math department.
Seven Hillcrest students placed in the top ten at the High School level, taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th places. At the Beginning High School level Hillcrest placed four students in the top ten with the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th places.
Hillcrest’s teams had an international flavor, consisting of American, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Norwegian students. The students represented all high school grades at Hillcrest, with many having participated in Hillcrest's Math program for over two years since joining the school as boarding students.
2015 marks the sixth year in the last seven that Hillcrest has won first place in the Senior High division. Their continued dominance in the competition is earning many students recognition as they transition to NDSU seeking degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Mathematics instructors Brent Juliot and Stephen Doering served as the coaches for the teams.