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Alexandria scores high in recent math contest

The Alexandria team of Laura Timm, Kim Snell, Micah Christenson, Abby Eck, Joselyn Kent, CJ Schlosser, Wil Kopp and Bruce Navratil won first place in the middle school division (grades 7-8) at the Tri-College Mathematics Contest. (Contributed photo)

Forty-five 7th-12th grade students from Discovery Middle School (DMS) and Jefferson High School (JHS) in Alexandria participated in the Tri-College Mathematics Contest on March 13 at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

The contest is divided into three divisions: Middle school, grades 6-8; beginning high school, grades 9-10; and senior high school, grades 11-12. In each division, teams of eight students competed to earn the highest individual and team scores. Awards were given to the top three teams and top 10 individuals. Alexandria earned awards in each division.

In the middle school division, 35 teams competed. Alexandria took first place. Team members included Laura Timm, Kim Snell, Micah Christenson, Abby Eck, Joselyn Kent, CJ Schlosser, Wil Kopp and Bruce Navratil. Individually, out of 595 students, Kopp placed second.

In the beginning high school division, 26 teams competed. Alexandria finished in sixth place. Individually, out of 595 students, Cody Weisel finished sixth, and Tyler Kay finished seventh.

In the senior high division, 24 teams competed. Alexandria finished in sixth place. Individually, out of 618 students, Taylor Score took second place with a total of 31 points. He was four points short of a perfect score.

Team scores are calculated by combining the scores of eight pre-selected individuals on individual exams and points earned during a team exam.

During the individual test, students have 45 minutes to complete 35 to 40 problems without a calculator. During the team test, the eight members have 20 minutes to complete 10 questions with the use of a calculator.

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