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It all adds up

LHS places 1st in KVL Math Relays

April 5, 2007

For the second year in a row, Lansing High School claimed victory at the Kaw Valley Math Relays.

"Last year we placed first in all five categories," said Randy Brown, chairman of the math department. "Amazingly enough we did it again."

The Kaw Valley League has a math competition every year. This year Bishop Ward High School played host to the event on Thursday, March 28.

Brown said he liked that the Kaw Valley League included academics in the league. Brown, who has taught math at LHS for seven years, said his students had always done reasonably well at the math relays.

This year, 10 of his students took gold medals home in the categories of Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, and Calculus. Each school competes with three-person teams. The students must be currently enrolled in classes in those categories in which they compete. Brown said he selected his top students to compete or they do a "test-off" to determine who will go.

Seniors Adam New, Derek Pickett, and York Olszewski completed the calculus exam.

New placed first in the pre-calculus test last year. He said he felt prepared for the exam because it was similar to his classroom work.

Pickett said he was nervous before the competition, but the teamwork paid off.

"We all worked together and split the problems," he said. "It's pretty exciting to come off first on top of it all."

Rebecca McMurphy, freshman, competed in Algebra 1. She said it was "pretty easy" for her because she was prepared. She said she would continue to compete the next three years.

Until then, she said she's going to represent the math team and wear her gold medal on her letter jacket.

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