Vermillion students place second in math contest on Nov. 4 at SDSU

Vermillion students place second in math contest on Nov. 4 at SDSU
The 27th Annual High School Mathematics Contest was held Saturday, Nov. 4, on the campus of South Dakota State University.

Area high school students competed in either the Algebra I, Geometry or Algebra II contests.

Cooperative team competition added to the excitement of the day's events. Cooperative teams were made with groups of four or five students working together to solve a problem.


The high school senior with the highest score received a $500 scholarship to SDSU, compliments of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. This year's recipient was Tyler Hesby, of Lake Preston.

A traveling trophy goes to the school with the highest composite score. Marshall (MN) High School took the top honors. Team members from Marshall included Peter Lofgren, Lucas Antony, Renate Keimig and Lindsey Brewers.

Vermillion High School and Brookings High School Team 3 were awarded second

and third respective places. Vermillion team members included Brody Stone, Jiwen Li, Bobbi Greenfield and Skylar Tiahrt. Members of the third place Brookings team included Saruesh Kaushik, Sammy Juhnke, Carlton Hesler, Melody Koch and Seth Owens.

Individual winners in Algebra I were Dani Wang, Brookings High School, first; Jiwen Li, Vermillion High School, second; and Ryan Jorgenson, Brookings High School, third.

Winners in Algebra II were Yuchi Hu, Brookings High School, first; Ellie Hendricks, Fellowship of Christian Home Educated Students (FOCHES) of Brookings, second; and Renate Keimig, Marshall High School, third.

In Geometry, winners were Peter Lofgren, Marshall (MN) High School, first; Tyler Hesby, Lake Preston High School, second; and Chris Petersen, Lake Preston High School, third.

Area high school mathematics coaches included Steve Keppen, Brookings High School; Lorna DeRaad, Lake Preston High School; Roxie Harms, Stanley County

High School-Ft. Pierre; G. Howard Nielsen, FOCHES – Home School; Les Bloem, Milbank High School; Laurel Schamber, Marty Indian School; Mrs. Paulson, Vermillion High School; Gail Kangas, Waverly High School; and Fred Almer and

Steven Johnson, Marshall High School.

This year's contest coordinator was Donald Struck, assistant professor of mathematics at South Dakota State University.

For more information, call Struck at 605-688-6207.

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