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Alexandria math team earns first in division, advances to state

The Jefferson High School (JHS) Math League had its fifth and final meet of the season on Monday, February 10. The Alexandria team earned first place in its final meet.

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Team scores were Alexandria, 70; Pelican Rapids, 52; Moorhead, 48; Fergus Falls, 46; and Breckenridge, 45. Alexandria’s top individual scorer for this meet was Matthew Bittmann with 10 points. He was followed closely by Eric Branch, Jana Roste, Halley Score and Ben Tollefson, who each scored eight points.

A divisional awards ceremony was held following the meet. The JHS team and several individuals were honored. The team received a plaque for finishing in first place.

Individual awards went to the following people: Matthew Bittmann, second in the division, top team scorer, first team all-conference; Eric Branch, fifth in the division, first team all-conference; Ben Tollefson, sixth in the division, first team all-conference; Carl Branch, seventh in the division, first team all-conference; Kimberly Snell, 10th in the division, first team all-conference; Halley Score, second team all-conference; Ally Timm, second team all-conference; and Cody Weisel, second team all-conference.

With the first place finish at this meet, Alexandria secured the division title and will participate in the state tournament on Monday, March 10 at South St. Paul High School.

Team scores are calculated by combining the scores of eight preselected individuals on individual exams and points earned during a team exam. During the individual rounds, students have 12 minutes to complete four math problems.

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