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Oregon High School Regional and State Math Contests

Mail-In Math Leagues

Local Contests

Pentagames is a math contest for seventh and eighth graders. The five-event contest consists of Math Tac Toe, 35-minus, CR2 (Compare, Revise, Revise), Solve That Problem and the Math Relay. Communication is sent out to schools in Oregon in November.  Sites are typically determined by February.  Pentagames 2024 will be held on Friday, April 26.  For more information visit the  Pentagames website

​Southern Oregon Math League (SOML): The Southern Oregon Math League was established in 1971 by SOU professor Ron Steffani and high school teachers from Jackson County. SOML conducts 5 math competitions for students in Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Curry counties throughout the year (October, November, February, March, and April). Local high schools form up to 3 teams of 6 junior and senior advanced math students and the competition includes 3 individual events followed by a team collaboration. Past SOML Contest problems and activities are posted in the SOU Math Department's website. For more information about the contest contact Lisa Wileman at

Oregon High School Regional and State Math Contests

Oregon Invitational Math Tournament (OIMT): The Oregon Invitational Mathematics Tournament for high school students is typically held in May. Top students in the categories of Geometry, Algebra 2, Open 1 (through pre-calculus) and Open 2 (through calculus) receive an award. In recent years, the competition has included a team/group activity for part of the day. This year's OIMT has been suspended but regional competitions may still be happening.  Contact your regional organizer for more information (names and contact information below). 

Oregon High School Regional Math Contests: Local community colleges and universities around the state host regional contests on various dates from February through April. These contests serve as the qualifiers for the Oregon Invitational Mathematics Tournament, which is held in May and rotates between Portland State University, Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon. A list of the regional sites and contact person for each site follows.

Central Oregon CC

Jacquelyn Coe

Chemeketa CC

Chris Nord 503-399-6079

Clackamas CC

Kurt Lewandowski 503-594-3333

Clatsop CC

Rich Beveridge 503-338-2332

Columbia Gorge CC

Pam Morse

Eastern Oregon University

Steve Tanner 541-962-3631

Lane CC

Stephen Selph 541-463-5127

Linn-Benton CC

Shannon Harbert 541-917-4634

Oregon Institute of Technology

Terri Torres 541- 885-1612

Portland CC

Cara Lee 

Southwestern Oregon CC

Sean Hutcherson 541- 888-7230

Jeff Philley 541-396-5570 (contact for South Coast region)

Treasure Valley CC

Drake Wallick 541- 881-8822

Umpqua CC

Mary Stinnett 541-440 -4684

National Contests

WHO WANTS TO BE A MATHEMATICIAN? In the American Mathematical Association game Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, high school students compete for cash and prizes by answering multiple choice mathematics questions. The cash prize in each game is donated by the AMS. To learn more, click here.

MATHCOUNTS: This is a coaching and competition program for middle school students nationwide. The website is an exciting adventure, including problems of the week, Go Figure! math challenge, a set of 300 problems to solve, and other very useful materials. Particularly exciting was the ESPN broadcast of the 2003 National Competition. For more information, visit or contact Stephen Anderson, Oregon State MATHCOUNTS President, Oregon Chapter at

AMC: For over 50 years, the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) has been dedicated to the goal of strengthening the mathematical capabilities of our nation's youth. There is a series of national contests called AMC 8, AMC 10, AMC 12, the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME), and the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO). Each year the AMC solicits enrollment by mailing an Invitation Brochure to all schools in the United States teaching grades six through twelve. The top performers on the AMC receive an invitation to the state contest.

Mandelbrot Competition: The aim of the Mandelbrot Competition since its inception fourteen years ago has been to provide a challenging, engaging mathematical experience which is both competitive and educational. The contest has grown to two levels (and three leagues) encompassing students from across the United States and several foreign countries.

Moody's Mega Math Challenge: The Moody's Mega Math Challenge problem is an open-ended, applied math modeling problem focused on a real-world issue. Moody's and SIAM are interested in improving the pipeline of young people going into applied mathematics, finance, and economics (among other subjects) and encourage students to participate in this contest as an educational process.

American Statistical Poster and Project Competition: Introduce students to statistics through these annual poster and project competitions. Students select a topic, collect data, and graphically display the data, communicating the message, while avoiding common pitfalls. To learn more, click here.

Perennial Math: Perennial Math is a competition for grades 4-8 with separate competition levels for grades 4-6 and grades 7-8. A team can register up to 30 students, and students may register individually if their school is not participating. The competition consists of 5 monthly tests beginning in November and ending

in March. Each test has five questions and takes 30 minutes to complete.

Mail-In Math Leagues

Math League: The Math League specializes in math contests, books, and computer software designed to stimulate interest and confidence in mathematics for students from the 4th grade through high school.

Over 1 million students participate in Math League contests each year. Contest problems are designed to cover a range of mathematical knowledge for each grade level.

​Atlantic-Pacific Mathematics League: This is a series of six tests administered locally by interested teachers. Each test is six questions with a 30 minute time limit for taking the test. The teacher in charge mails the results back to the company and they then publish results and standings throughout the year. These contests are available at middle school and high school levels.

Continental Mathematics League, Inc.: This is a series of three to five tests (determined by grade level) administered locally by interested teachers. Each test has 6-8 questions with a prescribed time limit for taking the test. The teacher in charge mails the results back to the company and they then publish results and standings throughout the year. These contests are available from second grade through calculus and a computer division. Continental Mathematics League, P.O. Box 5477, Hauppauge, New York 11788-0121

Math League Press: This is a one-time contest for grades 4-8 and a series of six tests for high schools administered locally by interested teachers. Each test is to be completed in 30 minutes. The teacher in charge scores the tests and awards the prizes. Contests are for intra-school use, not inter-school competition. No results are published. Math League Press, P.O., Box 720, Tenafly, New Jersey 07670

National Mathematics League: Includes middle, junior high and high school competitions in 6 different divisions. Consists of 5 contests beginning in January. National Mathematics League, P.O. Box 9459, Coral Springs, Florida 33075

Northwest Science Expo: The Science Expo web site is, and has links to past years' winners and prizes, including the prizes in the math category. Every entry at the Oregon Intel science fair is judged for effective use of statistical methods. Separate prizes are offered in both middle school and high school divisions.

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