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JHS Math League earns best team score in past five years

The Jefferson High School Math League in Alexandria held its second of five meets on November 22. Before going into the meet, Fergus Falls was two points ahead of Alexandria.

Students who attended the meet were Alex Blaser, Kallie Bowser, Peter Brackin, Anna Erickson, Christine Johnson, Ben LeVahn, Katie Lovrien, Jade Mathre, Natalie Molloy, Kelli Montbriand, Nicholas Schlapkohl, Taylor Score, Will Sieling, Katy Simonson, Leah Stinson, Carson Stowe and John Turner, all students in grades 10 through 12.

Alexandria earned its best team test score in the last five years, earning 20 points on the team round by answering five of the six questions correctly. Fergus Falls earned 16 points, answering four of six questions correctly.

That round put Alexandria in first place with a total of 59 points, followed by Fergus Falls with 57 points and Breckenridge with 40.

The top individual scorer for the event was Kelli Montbriand, who earned 12 points. She was followed by Leah Stinson with 10 points.

For the season, Taylor Score and Kelli Montbriand lead the team with 16 total individual points. They are followed by Stinson with 12, Kalli Bowser with 10 and Katie Lovrien with 10.

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 rounds, students have 12 minutes to complete four rigorous math problems. Individuals earn points as follows: The first problem is worth one point and the other three are worth two points. Each student takes two exams. The maximum an individual can earn at one meet is 14 points.

The problems cover topics in algebra, geometry, advanced algebra, trigonometry, pre-calculus and calculus.

The next meet is scheduled for Monday, December 13 in Fergus Falls.