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Students compete in math relays

DCHS Journalism

Kaylen Ashley

November 07, 2017

Thirteen Decatur Community High School students competed in the 39th Fort Hays State Math Relays. Senior Zeke Jimenez and juniors Kaylen Ashley, Isabel Grafel, Alex Hayward, Faith Meitl, and Kaden O’Hare, led the team to a sixth-place team finish out of 25 2A/3A schools.

Sophomores, Anna Carter, Erin May, and Gabe Peter, along with freshmen, Sarah Abernathy, Kaitlyn Howland, Sam Jimenez, and Taite Woolsey completed the Oberlin team.

"These 13 high school students represented themselves and the school well," said math teacher Pat Dorshorst.

The math relays consist of six events: Using Number Sense, Trigonometry, Algebraic Manipulations, Informal Geometry, Applications of Algebra and Arithmetic, and Calculations with Calculators. The students can either be entered in the events as an individual or a three-person team.

Each individual competitor is given 20 minutes to complete a 50 problem test in the event. Teams take the same 50-problem test with each person working on the test for 6.5 minutes before passing the test to the next relay member. Points are given to the top 10 finishers in each event at each grade level. Medals are given for the top three grade level individuals and the top three grade level teams in each event.

According to Mrs. Dorshorst, DCHS dominated the trigonometry competition, which can only be taken by juniors and seniors. Every Oberlin competitor in this event earned a medal. Zeke Jimenez was the gold medalist in the senior division. Kaylen placed second and Faith, third, in the junior class competition.  The junior team of Isabel, Alex, and Kaden also placed third.   

Zeke, as the only senior who attended, was in all of the events by himself. Faith was in every event except Applications as an individual.

In number sense, Zeke placed fourth out of 81 competitors.  He also placed 5th in calculations with calculators and in algebraic manipulations. The junior team of Isabel, Kaylen, and Kaden placed fourth out of 30 teams in calculations with calculators.    

Students compete in math relays

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