Ashley HCCHOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (12/6/19) —  Hopkinsville Community College Alumna Ashley Lesher was recently named the first-place winner in the nation for the Student Research League competition held by The American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges, HCC reported.

More than 40 teams participated in the nationwide competition. Lesher received a $3,000 prize for her first-place finish. According to HCC Math Professor Pat Riley, she was the only regional finalist who worked solo. Most of the other entrants were in groups of two-three.

Lesher graduated from HCC with an associate in science degree this past summer. She entered the AMATYC Student Research League competition in the spring while she was still a community college student.

The national competition consisted of a 14-page paper regarding renewable energy for a building or structure. The challenge included a practical application math problem, which involved researching materials, methods, processes and more related to the solution of the problem. Student competitors are asked to contact professionals in fields related to the problem for advice on the solution, in addition to career opportunities within their fields. Ashley used her own home as the project structure and utilized formulas and applications from TVA for research. She was also mentored by HCC Math Professor Arthur Schultz.

“Strangely, the home that I based the project on burned down only a few weeks after I submitted it,” explained Lesher. “HCC and Professor Riley helped me a lot during that time. The college gave me assistance through the Student Emergency Fund so that I could get back on my feet."

The veteran, with three children, is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Austin Peay State University and plans to continue to earn a master’s in either manufacturing or electrical engineering.

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