On February 25, 1984 Handley was invited to compete
against the best math teams in the state at the Mathematics
Invitational Tournament held at the Collegiate Schools in
Richmond. Handley's team of DiFei Chuang, Greg Palmer, and
Mark Rice competed against nineteen other schools, including
W. T. Woodson, McLean, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg,
Woodberry Forest, and others. Handley placed fourteenth as
a team, and DiFei Chuang and Greg Palmer placed 22nd
individually out of 61 students.
The contest consisted of four parts - the power question,
team questions, relays, and individual questions. Scores from
the four parts were added together for the composite score.
One of the purposes of this contest was to select a state team
from Virginia to compete in the Atlantic Regional Math League
Contest. Fairfax County decided to send its own team (as it
had done for years), so both DiFei Chuang and Greg Palmer were
selected to the fifteen member Virginia Team. But some
members decided not to compete and the Virginia Team did not
go to the A.R.M.L. However, Greg and DiFei were able to
compete with the Fairfax County Team that year in the
A.R.M.L. at Penn State.