Leesville Competes in State Math Contest

Students from Leesville Road High School participated in the 2010 Wake Tech Community College Regional State Math Contest on Thursday, March 25.

The competition consisted of a 70 minute individual test followed by lunch.  Afterwards, the students competed in math sprints in groups with members of other schools.

Duane Barkesdale, a freshman, thought the competition was a good experience.  “Our sponsor was being really stupid and put us all in the wrong division.  I had to be in the Comprehensive level, which was really hard.  I’ll definitely study more for next year, but this still gives me a chance to put something good for college applications and stuff.”

Samuel Min, a freshman, also participated in the contest.  Min and his math sprint group won first place, and he ended up winning $10.

“I just went to skip school really,” said Min.  “But I got lucky and was put in a group with Nick Tobey in the sprints.  He did everything.  I just had to run around and turn in the answers, and I won $10.”

In the individual competition, Min thought that he could have done better.  “I’ve only taken algebra, but my sponsor wanted to save a dollar, so he just put me in the Comprehensive level.  I answered only one question and guessed on the rest.  Leesville probably got last place in the competition.”

Do Won Cha, a freshman, was also disappointed with the results.  “A couple people from Leesville Middle School won medals, but I didn’t get anything or any money.  But then again, I’m only a freshman, so hopefully I can do better next year.  Our team is going to actually start training together so that we might win something for the school next year.”

Leesville finished tenth in a field of nineteen schools.

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Woong-Soo Lee, Staff Writer
I think math competitions are amazing.

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