The senior high math team had their second Minnesota State High School Math League meet November 28.
A team is comprised of eight mathletes. There are four different individual tests, and each student takes two of them. Some of our older students were not able to attend this meet, therefore our freshmen and sophomores competed on the varsity team and had to take a test on tougher material, rather than their usual Algebra and Geometry. On the bus Gavin Haugrud optimistically thought he could do some Trigonometry and volunteered to take Test C. However, the Pre-Calculus material was over the head of sophomores.
The twenty-four team-members in the region who took test C earned a combined 16 points, so it was a challenging test for everyone, noted competitive math coach Lisa Petznick.
Individually, junior Brooklyn Korynta tied for first place in the West Central Region and sophomore Hayden Christenson was one question behind her to tie for fourth. Moriah Johnson tied for 13th place. Also competing well were Timothy Brynildson, Mason Thornton, Gavin Haugrud, Logan Petznick, and Abby Syverson.
After two meets, cumulative individual results show Korynta in sole possession of second place in the region. Christenson and Johnson are just two points behind her in the sixth position. Thornton is also listed in the top-25 students.
In team competition at this meet, the young Vikings were unable to score any points on the team exam and dropped to fourth place behind Alexandria, Moorhead, and Breckenridge. However, cumulative region results after two meets show the Vikings still in second place overall.
Looking at small schools statewide, the Pelican team is now in 13th place, trailing mostly private academies. Considering public schools, Pelican Rapids was in first place after meet one, but Fairmont slipped ahead of the Vikings after meet two, noted Coach Petznick.