Jones County Junior College's Bobcat Math League playoffs for the Superbowl of Math took place on Thursday.
After six weeks of regular season competition and a shootout round, the top eight teams competed for cash, prizes, scholarships and bragging rights as the beset math team in the Pine Belt. Four division leaders and four wild card high school teams participated in the playoffs.
Teams participated from Presbyterian High School, Lawrence County, Sacred Heart, Stringer, Northeast Jones, Taylorsville, West Jones, and Richton. School president Jesse Smith says community sponsors have taken the annual math quiz bowl, and created a league competition similar to a football team.
"Math, in particular, is very important to our community and very important for our future economic growth," Smith said.
"It is the international language; math is, and so we need to raise awareness and also raise our skills. These students can do it; we can compete anywhere in the world."