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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Math Field Day

Top math students from 16 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 32nd annual Mathematics Field Day was over, students from Rosamond, Knight and Eastside high schools walked away with the top team scores in their respective categories.

In a first-ever win since it was opened, Eastside High School finished first in the junior-senior competition of the Leibnitz League for large schools. The winning team consisted of Michael Poole, Kayla Barbosa and Eric Rodriguez, who also won a second place trophy in individual scoring.

Rosamond High School, competing in the small school’s division, won first place team and individual honors in the junior-senior competition and first place in the Leap Frog Relay for freshmen and sophomores. (The Leap Frog Relay derives its name from the way in which team members are allowed to exchange papers to solve math problems.)

Rosamond students Byron Gregg, Karyna Banuelos and Tristan Andrus were on the junior-senior team. Also, Andrus was the top individual scorer – the second straight year a Rosamond High student won that honor.

Dylan Finch and Cheyenne Lincoln were on Rosamond’s Leap Frog Relay team.

Knight High School’s team of Carlos Leal and Ariana Gonzalez finished first in the Leap Frog Relay among large schools. Quartz Hill’s Daniel Zu and Apeksha Singh won second place in the relay for large schools, while Antelope Valley Christian’s In Jung Kim and Lara Liu placed second among small schools.

Second place teams in the junior-senior contest were Quartz Hill’s Kacey Liu, Amy Sodergren and Nikita Bakhru – for large schools – and Paraclete High School’s Lawrence Barker, Josef Madrigal and Nathan Ringelberg.

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