On May 8, 1976, Handley was invited to compete
in the first annual Bridgewater College Mathematics
Competition against Charlottesville, Turner Ashby,
Harrisonburg, Robert E. Lee, and Broadway. The
contest was divided into two levels, with three
sophomores competing at level 1 and five upperclassmen
competing at level 2. The scores were then added
together for the team score.
Handley placed sixth in both level 1 and level 2
competition. Members of Handley's Level 2 Team were
Susan Catlett, John Sempeles, Douglas Denham, Janet
Kean, and Timothy Painter. Members of Handley's Level
1 Team were Ann Smart, Susan White, and Susan McKee.