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Dedication Adds Up for Miami Dade College Math Club Students

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Ernesto Mogena, Luis Larco, Samy Wu, and Erico Oyarzun

Miami, April 14, 2011 - Hard work pays off, as Miami Dade College (MDC) Wolfson Campus Math Club students recently won honors at the state-wide Math Olympics held at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

Competition officials praised MDC for winning first place in the individual competition two years in a row. The top honor went to Luis Larco, a sophomore at the Wolfson Campus Honors College who beat out 119 other participants. Born in Lima, Peru, Larco is working on a double major in electrical and computer engineering. He received a trophy and a scholarship.

Larco and his teammates, Ernesto Mogena, Erico Oyarzun and Samy Wu, also took second place in the team competition.

“I could not be more proud of these four students who demonstrated that perseverance and hard work is the key to success,” said MDC professor and Math Club coach Alvio Dominguez. “They trained for about six months to ensure they had the necessary skills to compete at such prestigious event.” 

Students representing Kendall and North Campuses also participated. The competition consisted of several tests, including a 40-question multiple choice exam and 10 real-life application exercises and questions to be solved in groups.

For more information, please contact Professor Alvio Dominguez at 305-237-3114,


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