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.