PULLMAN, Wash. — Nearly 400 high school students from Washington and Idaho will compete for top honors and prize money at Washington State University’s 12th annual Math Day on the Pullman campus Oct. 24.

Nearly 60 teams will compete, said David Watkins, chair of Math Day 2002.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. in the Compton Union Building Ballroom with Alan Genz, chair of WSU’s math department, at the helm as master of ceremonies, followed by a welcome from Doug Baker, WSU’s vice provost for academic affairs.

All students will take the PROBE, a comprehensive exam to test their math skills. Five WSU scholarships worth $3,000 each will be awarded to the students with the top scores.

The top three PROBE teams from both large and small school categories – teams developed from combining highest-ranking individual PROBE scores — will each receive $100. Also, the top three teams from both categories in team competitions will each receive $100. “This is money we hope is used to further math education at the schools, providing materials or covering the costs of competitions such as ours,” Watkins said.

Next, student teams will be matched up according to their school’s enrollment size to battle in double elimination — “College Bowl”-style. Final rounds will begin at 2:35 p.m. in the CUB Ballroom. Genz and Michael Griswold, interim dean of WSU’s College of Science, will close out the day with the presentation of team trophies and individual medallions to the top three teams in small and large school categories.

For more information on Math Day, contact Pam Guptill, program coordinator, at (509) 335-6868.

Washington high schools sending math teams include Asotin, Clarkston, Connell, Decatur (Federal Way), DeSales (Walla Walla), Freeman (Rockford), Garfield-Palouse, International (Bellevue), Kamiakin (Kennewick), Kiona-Benton, Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls), Lewis & Clark (Spokane), Liberty (Spangle), Mead (Spokane), Moses Lake, Pasco, Pullman, Southridge (Kennewick), St. George’s (Spokane), Thomas Jefferson (Auburn), University (Spokane) and Walla Walla.

Idaho high schools include Clearwater Valley (Kooskia), Lewiston, Logos (Moscow), Moscow, Nezperce, Potlatch and Sandpoint.