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Orme math-letes clean up at countywide math competition

Orme math students, from left, Zoe Zhao, MK Kang, Alex Han and Ephie Park, compete in the final round of the College Bowl against Heritage Home Schoolers, at right, in Saturday's countywide mathematics competition at ERAU, sponsored by Northern Arizona University.<br>
BBN Photo/Sue Tone

Orme math students, from left, Zoe Zhao, MK Kang, Alex Han and Ephie Park, compete in the final round of the College Bowl against Heritage Home Schoolers, at right, in Saturday's countywide mathematics competition at ERAU, sponsored by Northern Arizona University.<br> BBN Photo/Sue Tone

The Orme team of 23 students from all secondary grades brought home 34 trophies and 13 first place awards in the 2010 Northern Arizona University - Yavapai County Mathematics Competition this past weekend.

About 300 students from 15 public and private schools participated in the annual event sponsored by NAU and Yavapai County, which was held this year in the Davis Learning Center Auditorium of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott.

The competition began at 8 a.m. with a 75-minute individual exam and a 30-minute team exam. The first event was the Team Competition with the highest scoring team from each school participating in the College Bowl after lunch.

The College Bowl is a multi-round, elimination event where pairs of three- or four-member teams compete to be the first to come up with the correct answer to math problems projected on a large screen in front of them. 

A few times, an Orme student hit the buzzer, indicating a solution to the problem, before the emcee, NAU Professor Steve Wilson, finished reading it aloud.

To provide competitive equality, judges scored students according to their level of completed math courses. Students in their first year of college prep mathematics - algebra I or integrated I - qualify as Level 1; Level 2 students have completed their second year - geometry or algebra II; Level 3 - geometry or algebra II; Level 4 are students in their fourth or fifth year of college prep mathematics.

Orme students earned first place in the College Bowl; first, second, third place in Team Competition; first through seventh place (three Orme students tied for seventh) in Individual Score Awards; first place Level 1 Individual Award; first place Level 3 Individual Award; and first through fifth place in Level 5 Individual Award.

Orme also placed first for the Level 4 School Average Award and second place for the Level 3 School Award.

This year's team bested this past year's awards of 23 trophies and 8 first place trophies; and the 2008 team, which earned 11 trophies and 5 first place awards.

The official NAU results and more details on the annual event are listed at http://oak.ucc.nau.edu/ald4/ycmc.html.

The Orme School offers a broad-based mathematics and science program, including courses featuring business and consumer math, to the rigorous Advanced Placement courses in AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, Advanced Physics: Electricity and Magnetism which gain college level credit via the College Board AP Exams.

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