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High School Math Students Honored at UI Math Competition

The University of Iowa recently honored local high school student winners at the Sixth Annual High School Mathematics Tournament. Held March 9 for about 118 eastern Iowa high school students, the competition was supported by the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Engineering, as well as Dean Gary Fethke and professor Carol Fethke of the College of Business Administration and Mrs. Catharine Wegner, a 1934 mathematics alumna and long-time teacher of mathematics.

Participants attend the following local high schools: Cedar Falls; Central High, Elkader; City High School, Iowa City; Dubuque Senior; home schools; Iowa Mennonite; Jefferson; Johnston; Linn-Mar; Mid-Prairie; Regina, Iowa City; Southeast Polk; Tipton; and West High School, Iowa City.

Students participated in four events. In two events, "sprint round" and "target round," students answered mathematics test questions on individual tests. In the other two events, the "team round" and "relay round," students worked in teams. Small schools were defined as those having enrollments of less than 750 students.

Here is a summary of tournament results:

SPRINT ROUND WINNERS (maximum = 120):

Grade 9 (large school) Drew Klein, West High School, Score: 68 Grade 9 (small school) Philipp Gaebler, Home Schools, Score: 64 Grade 10 (large school) Eric Lee, Linn-Mar High School, Score: 93 Grade 10 (small school) Bill McKenna, Mid-Prairie High School, Score: 60 Grade 11 (large school) John Hegeman, West High School, Score: 105 Grade 11 (small school) Megan Mathias, Tipton High School, Score: 59 Grade 12 (large school) Alex Power, Cedar Falls High School, Score: 115 Grade 12 (small school) Jeff Miller, Iowa Mennonite, Score: 66

TEAM ROUND WINNERS (maximum = 100 for large schools, 50 for small schools)

Junior Varsity -- (large school) No Team scores Junior Varsity -- (small school) Home Schools – Team 01, Score: 30 Varsity -- (large school) A tie: Linn-Mar – Team 01 and West High School – Team 03, both with Score: 40 Varsity -- (small school) A five way tie: Center Point-Urbana – Team 02, Iowa Mennonite – Team 01, Mid-Prairie team 01, Regina High School – Teams 01, 02, all with Score: 10

TARGET ROUND WINNERS (maximum = 80)

Grade 9 (large school) A four-way tie: Sarvesh Anavkar, Linn-Mar; Brett Finger, City High School; Alexander Persaud, Dubuque Senior High School; and Nathan Schulz, City High School, all with Score: 30 Grade 9 (small school) Philipp Gaebler, Home Schools, Score: 30 Grade 10 (large school) Zeb Rocklin, City High School, Score: 40 Grade 10 (small school) Bill McKenna, Mid-Prairie High School, Score: 30 Grade 11 (large school) A tie: John Hegeman and Chengjie Huang, West High School, both with Score: 60 Grade 11 (small school) Michael Rossmann, Regina High School, Score: 20 Grade 12 (large school) Alex Power, Cedar Falls High School, Score: 70 rade 12 (small school) A three-way tie: Jerome Helbert, Center Point-Urbana; Kim Miller, Iowa Mennonite; and Stuart Stutsman, Mid-Prairie, all with Score: 30

RELAY ROUND WINNERS (maximum = 100 for large schools, 50 for small schools)

Junior Varsity (large school) City High School-Team 08, Score: 20 Junior Varsity (small school) Home Schools-Team 02, Score: 20 Varsity (large school) A five way tie: Cedar Falls High School-Team 01, Linn-Mar Teams- 01, 02 and West High School Teams-09,10, all with Score: 25 Varsity (small school) Center Point-Urbana-Team 01, Score 20

WINNING SCHOOLS-TOTALS OF SCORES (maximum = 400 for large schools, 300 for small schools)

Junior Varsity (large school) City High School, Score: 139.51 Junior Varsity (small school) Home Schools, Score: 132 Varsity (large school) West High School, Score: 219.33 Varsity (small school) Center Point-Urbana, Score: 121

Additionally, UI mathematics professor Paul Muhly announced at the awards ceremony that the twelfth grade winners in the Sprint Round (Jeff Miller, Iowa Mennonite and Alex Power, Cedar Falls) and in the Target Round (Jerome Helbert, Center Point-Urbana; Kim Miller, Iowa Mennonite; Alex Power, Cedar Falls; and Stuart Stutsman, Mid-Prairie) would each receive a prize of $100 from the endowment started by the Fethkes and Mrs. Wegner. At the awards ceremony, Alice Fulton, professor of biochemistry in the College of Medicine and director of the Honors Program at the University of Iowa, congratulated the participants.

UI Mathematics Competition planners included Muhly, UI mathematics associate professor Walter Seaman, and Sandra Stockman, mathematics department administrative assistant, who served as coordinator and organizer. The UI departments of computer science, mathematics, physics and astronomy and statistics and actuarial science, as well as the UI student math club, sponsored the event.


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