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Rosamond student earns perfect score at Math Field Day

Top math students from 18 area high schools spent 90 minutes Friday morning working through a series of written problems devised by Antelope Valley College math faculty members.

When the 31st annual Mathematics Field Day was over, students from Rosamond, Lancaster and Hart high schools walked away with bragging rights for having the winning scores in their respective categories.

A team from Hart High School consisting of Josh Medoff, Daniel Xue and Audrene McMahon helped that school retain its top spot in the junior-senior competition of the Leibnitz League for large schools. Xue also captured third place individual honors.

However, it was a Rosamond High School student competing in the small school’s division, who won first place individual honors and boosted his team to a first place finish in the small schools junior-senior competition.

Zhao Yang won first place with a perfect test score – a rare accomplishment in the history of the competition, which features challenging questions devised by college instructors.

Joining Yang for top honors in the small team competition were D.J. Bermea and Eric Chambers.

Finishing second in the junior-senior competition were the Quartz Hill team of Dalton Banh, John Young and Michael Yang representing large schools and Chelsea Fries, Jonathan Kay and David Urizar representing Desert Christian in the small school category. Quartz Hill’s Banh also earned second place individual honors.

In the Leap Frog Relay for freshmen and sophomores, Lancaster’s Maxine Faith Ramos Vera Cruz and Phoebe Coy finished first among large schools. Hart High School’s team of Brenden Kuhlman and Devin Morgan finished second.

Rosamond High School’s team of Byron Gregg and Seung Hoon Nah won first place among small schools in the Leap Frog Relay, while Paraclete’s team of Alex Battey and Josef Madrigal finished second.

The Leap Frog Relay derives its name from the way in which team members are allowed to switch papers to resolve math problems.

More than 100 students participated in this year’s event, which was sponsored by Antelope Valley College and Lockheed Martin.

Think you’re smarter than a high school freshman?

Here’s a question from the Leap Frog Relay:

  1. A train makes a trip of 250 miles. When it is moving, its speed is 35 miles per hour. It stops once, for a length of time during which it could have gone 100 miles. The trip takes:
    1. 8 hours
    2. 9 hours, 46 minutes
    3. 10 hours
    4. 11 hours
    5. 10 hours, 14 minutes

The answer is c 10 hours