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Hendrix Team Takes First Place in Undergraduate Math Competition

CONWAY, Ark. (March 29, 2012) - For the seventh consecutive year, a team of Hendrix students won first place at the Arkansas Undergraduate Mathematics Competition. Eleven teams representing six colleges from around Arkansas competed at the event held at Hendrix.

"We are proud of the hard work our talented students undertook in preparation for this competition," said Hendrix math professor Dr. Gabe Ferrer. 

This year's first-place team included:

  • Vivian Dong, a sophomore physics major from Jiangsu, China
  • Giang Le, a freshman from Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Quan Nguyen, a freshman from Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Xuanhua Wang, a freshman from Nanjing, China

Another Hendrix team placed sixth. That team included:

  • Gary DeClerk, a freshman from Jacksonville, Ark.
  • Hannah Flatau, a senior philosophy major from Austin, Texas
  • Dallas Tompkins, a junior physics major from Little Rock, Ark.

A third Hendrix team placed tenth. That team included:

  • Samuel Boren, a senior biology major from Star City, Ark.
  • Riley Capshaw, a senior computer science major from Newport, Ark.
  • John Huffman, a senior computer science major from Tupelo, Miss.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. Hendrix was named the country's #1 "Up and Coming" liberal arts college for the third consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2011 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 376 colleges and is listed in the 2012 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of 25 "Best Buy" private colleges included. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit