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CHS math competitors compute well
Ceres High students delivered an impressive performance at the Stanislaus Math Council's annual High School Math Competition held April 9 at Stanislaus State University in Turlock.

CHS received a total of 11 awards which included five second-place trophies.

"This is the third year in a row that our school has been awarded second place in group problem solving," said Walt Frey, a CHS geometry and algebra teacher.

Twelve schools attended the competition, each bringing up to 14 of their best students.

"Our students worked extremely hard over the last two months to prepare for this year's competition," said Frey. "They spent countless hours at home, during lunch and after school working through an enormous collection of problems from previous years. This year we had a record number of 23 students who regularly attended our practice sessions. It was very difficult to narrow down our choices to 14 final team members."

In the group problem solving test called "The Bomb," CHS students took both second and fourth places. Each receiving trophies for their second-place team finish were team members Daejione Jones, Cameron Hart, Roopkanwer Singh, Harjinder Singh, and Nicole McCormack.

Fourth-place team members were Aron Madrigal, Yaneli Espinoza, Lexa Buerer, Alexis Boardrow and Raul Mendoza.

The Bomb consists of five pages of highly challenging problems covering content from geometry, advanced algebra (including probability), math analysis, and calculus. In the individual event called The Blitz, Roopkanwer Singh won fourth-place in pre calculus.

The Blitz is a multiple-choice test at the current level of each student, i.e., geometry, algebra 2, pre calculus, or calculus.

This year's faculty advisors were Frey, Wendy Herlocker, Danica Page, Rocio Diaz, Irene Bautista and Susan Rehn.

As the awards were read, the students and their parents were ecstatic.

"We are all very proud of their determination, hard work, competitive spirit, and ability to perform so well under pressure," said Frey. "This exciting day offered our students an invaluable experience they will always remember."