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Math league advances to state event

The Jefferson High School (JHS) Math League had its fifth and final meet of the season on Tuesday, February 12. The Alexandria team earned 3rd at the meet.

Team scores were Bemidji (66), Breckenridge (60), Alexandria (55), Pelican Rapids (47), Thief River Falls (41), Detroit Lakes (39), Greenbush-Middle River (29), Fergus Falls (25), Moorhead (25) and Nevis (18).

Alexandria's top individual scorer at this meet was Kyle Pietrowski with nine points. Ben Tollefson and Marissa Wheeler each scored eight.

Teams are awarded season points based on where they place at each meet. Alexandria and Bemidji tied with 44 points going into the final meet. Bemidji broke that tie by winning the meet, earning a trip to the state tournament.

With the Minnesota State High School Math League's "Hibbing rule," if a team finishes second to the same team two years in a row and maintains a score high enough to keep it in the top 50 schools statewide, it earns a state tournament invitation.

Alexandria finished second to Bemidji this year and last year and is ranked in the top 50, and will participate in the state tournament on March 11 at South St. Paul High School.

A divisional awards ceremony was held following the meet. The JHS team and several individuals were honored. The team received a plaque for finishing second. Individual awards went to:

Carl Branch, third place, top team scorer, first team all-conference; Eric Branch, top 10 percent in division, first team all-conference; Brandon Thoennes, top 10 percent, first team all-conference; Taylor Score, top 10 percent, first team all-conference; Ben Tollefson, top 10 percent, first team all-conference; Cody Weisel, second team all-conference; Marissa Wheeler, second team all-conference; Ally Timm, second team all-conference; Tyler Kay, second team all-conference; Kyle Pietrowski, all-conference honorable mention.

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 problems.

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