LANCASTER – Top math students from 10 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 35th annual Mathematics Field Day was over, students from Paraclete and Quartz Hill high schools walked away with bragging rights for having the winning team scores in their respective categories.
A team from Quartz Hill High School consisting of Tyler Gemora, Emil Ekanayake and Kayleigh Kaveney took the top spot in the junior-senior competition of the Leibnitz League for large schools. Gemora also captured first place individual honors.
Paraclete High School student Alisa Rogens took home second place individual honors, helping her team to a first place finish in the small schools junior-senior competition with teammates Aaron Erickson and Hannah Hunter.
Finishing second in the junior-senior competition were the Highland team of Juan Colin, Dastaia Coleman and Nicolas Chew representing large schools, and Noah Killian, J.B. Bae and Daniel Godde representing Desert Christian in the small school category. Highlands’s Colin also earned third place individual honors.
In the Leap Frog Relay for freshmen and sophomores, Quartz Hill’s Taylor Stephenson and Wesley Domsalla finished first among large schools. Lancaster’s team of Nathaniel Mohun and Just Fraigan finished second.
Paraclete High School’s team of Edrick Sabaluno and Jack Ringelbeng won first place among small schools in the Leap Frog Relay, while Rosamond’s team of Jason Ceruantes and Caleb Epps 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 50 students participated in this year’s event, which was sponsored by Antelope Valley College, Title 5 STEM Grant and Lockheed Martin.
Think you’re smarter than a 12th grader?
Here’s a question from the junior-senior test:
If three six-side dice are rolled, what is the probability that two dice come up even and one die comes up odd?
The answer is b) 3/8