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Release: March 7, 2000

High school math students honored at UI math competition

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa recently honored local high school student winners at the Fourth Annual High School Mathematics Tournament. Held March 4 for about 150 eastern Iowa high school students, the competition was supported by grants from the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Engineering, Dean Gary Fethke and professor Carol Fethke of the College of Business Administration, and Mrs. Catharine Wegner, a 1934 mathematics alumna and longtime teacher of mathematics. At the awards ceremony, Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, congratulated the participants and gave a talk on the importance of the study of mathematics and science.

Students participated in four events. In two events, "sprint round" and "target round," students answered mathematics test questions on individual tests. In the other two events, the "team round" and "relay round," students worked in teams. Small schools were defined as those having enrollments of less than 700 students.

Here is a summary of tournament results:

SPRINT ROUND WINNERS (maximum = 120):

Grade 9 (large school) John Hegeman, West High School, Score: 79

Grade 9 (small school) Alan Simmer, Waverly Shell-Rock Community Schools, Score: 70

Grade 10 (large school) Alex Power, Cedar Falls High School, Score: 105

Grade 10 (small school) Jake Nickel, Keokuk High School, Score: 57

Grade 11 (large school) Rohit Tomas, West High School, Score: 98

Grade 11 (small school) Mike Caley, Columbus High School, Score: 80

Grade 12 (large school) Dave Gaebler, Linn-Benton Home Schools, Score: 115

Grade 12 (small school) Lindsay Hartman, Waverly Shell-Rock Community Schools, Score: 57

TEAM ROUND WINNERS (maximum = 100 for large schools, 50 for small schools)

Junior Varsity (large school) West High School, Score: 80

Junior Varsity (small school) West Liberty High School, Score: 40

Varsity (large school) A tie: City High School Score: 90 and West High School, Score: 90

Varsity (small school) A three way tie: Columbus High School -- two teams with Score 45 -- and

Wavery Shell- Rock Community Schools Score 45

TARGET ROUND WINNERS (maximum = 80)

Grade 9 (large school) Melanie Simet, Cedar Falls High School, Score: 50

Grade 9 (small school) A three way tie: Steven Kellner, Rosalind Kirsch and John Kohlhass, all from Bishop Garrigan High School, all with Score: 30

Grade 10 (large school) Alex Power, Cedar Falls High School, Score: 70

Grade 10 (small school) Jake Nickel, Keokuk High School, Score: 40

Grade 11 (large school) Min Zhang, West High School, Score: 60

Grade 11 (small school) A three way tie: Brandon Judas, Columbus High School; Angela Kohlhaas, Bishop Garrigan High School; and Lynn Kohlhaas, Bishop Garrigan High School; all with Score: 30

Grade 12 (large school) A three way tie: Dave Gaebler Linn-Benton Home Schools; James Hegeman West High School; and Alicia Juskewycz, West High School; all with Score: 70

Grade 12 (small school) Ben Moyer, Center Point-Urbana High School, Score: 50

RELAY ROUND WINNERS (maximum = 100 for large schools, 50 for small schools)

Junior Varsity (large school) Cedar Falls High School, Score: 25

Junior Varsity (small school) Central High-Elkader, Score: 20

Varsity (large school) A tie: City High School and Iowa City West High School, both with
Score: 45 (Due to an error in calculations, it was incorrectly announced at the awards ceremony that City High School alone had won this event,)

Varsity (small school) A tie: Columbus High School and Washington High School, both with Score: 20

WINNING SCHOOLS-TOTALS OF SCORES (maximum = 400 for large schools, 300 for small schools)

Junior Varsity (large school) West High School, Score: 202

Junior Varsity (small school) Bishop Garrigan High School, Score: 113.33

Varsity (large school) West High School, Score: 279.5

Varsity (small school) Columbus High School, Score: 138.33

Additionally, UI mathematics professor Paul Muhly announced at the awards ceremony that the twelfth grade winners in the Sprint Round (Dave Gaebler, Linn-Benton Home Schools and Lindsay Hartman, Waverly Shell-Rock Community Schools) and in the Target Round (Dave Gaebler Linn-Benton Home Schools; James Hegeman West High School; Alicia Juskewycz West High School; and Ben Moyer, Center Point-Urbana High School) would each receive a $100 cash prize from an endowment begun by the Fethkes and Mrs. Wegner.

UI Mathematics Competition planners included Muhly, UI mathematics associate professor Walter Seaman, and Sandra Stockman, mathematics department administrative assistant, who served as coordinator and organizer. Also, UI program analyst Joel Uden and College of Liberal Arts webmaster Chad Brandt put together an on-line registration form for the tournament. The event was sponsored by the UI departments of computer science, mathematics, mathematics education, and statistics and actuarial science, as well as the UI student math club.