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Math lies at center of Davis' universe

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Unlike the characters in "The Sound of Music," when Jonesboro High School senior Chelsea Davis is asked to list some of her favorite things, she is inclined to say Sudoku, statistics and algebraic equations, rather than "whiskers on kittens" and "warm woolen mittens."

Davis, 18, Jonesboro's STAR Student, took an interest in math when she was a student at M.D. Roberts Middle School. As a seventh-grader, Davis was given two options. On the one hand, she could continue a regular math program, with many of her classmates. On the other hand, she could get into an accelerated math program, by taking algebra.

She chose algebra.

"I like that there is a definite answer, and a definite way to do things," Davis said. "I really like algebra. It's my favorite math subject. They have a way to derive at the equation, and if you can understand that, then you can understand how the equation works. Geometry has triangles and proofs, and it's just not that much fun. They are more complicated, and not as interesting to me."

Davis has chosen to study mathematics at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. She took an interest in the campus when her brother and sister attended the school. "I've been down there a lot and it's a really nice-looking campus," Davis said.

After college, Davis' goal is to work in an accountant's office, as an actuary. "They evaluate risks and stuff, but it's based on statistics and probabilities, which I like," she said.

Davis said she also has interests in areas other than math. One of those interests is crochet, which she learned from Anna Cox, Jonesboro's Latin teacher. Davis said she can now make scarves and hats. She also said she likes to read various types of books, including mystery novels, action books and "girlie romances."

"I do have interests outside of math," Davis said.

At Jonesboro, Davis is involved in the Latin Club, the National Honor Society, the BETA Club, and the Georgia Junior Academy of Science. Her STAR Teacher is Andrew Cox, her Advanced Placement Chemistry teacher. She has a 4.1 grade-point average.