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Orme 'mathletes' again top Yavapai County math competition

The Orme School team of “Spring Festival” works on a tough question during the College Bowl event of the Yavapai County Mathmatics Contest on Feb. 1. Team members at the table are, from left to right, Vanessa VanDermark, Jack An, Annie Tang and Cloud Huai.<br>
BBN Photo/Sue Tone

The Orme School team of “Spring Festival” works on a tough question during the College Bowl event of the Yavapai County Mathmatics Contest on Feb. 1. Team members at the table are, from left to right, Vanessa VanDermark, Jack An, Annie Tang and Cloud Huai.<br> BBN Photo/Sue Tone

Coming as no surprise to anyone, Orme School math students were at the top of their game and achieved top awards at this past week's Yavapai County Mathmatics Contest at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The team of 17 students from grades 8-12 took home 20 trophies and eight first place awards in the 2011 Northern Arizona University-Yavapai County Mathematics Competition on Feb. 1. Nearly 300 students from 18 public, private and home schools participated in the annual event in the Davis Learning Center Auditorium of ERAU.

The day culminated in the College Bowl event, one for middle school and one for high school students. The Orme team of "Spring Festival," comprised of Cloud Huai, Annie Tang, Vanessa VanDemark and Jack An, took first place at the high school level.

This team also won first place in the team competition.

The event began at 8 a.m. and ended with the awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Individual exams took 75 minutes and the team exam ran 30 minutes.

The first event was the Team Competition, with the highest scoring team from each school participating in the College Bowl, a multi-round, elimination event similar to Jeopardy where pairs of teams of up to four students vie to be the first correct answer.

To provide competitive equality for younger students in the individual exams, students of all high school ages were scored in levels based upon their completed math classes, with Level 1 at beginning Algebra to Level 4 at or above Algebra 2.

In addition to the first place in the College Bowl event, Orme students also placed first and second in Team Competition (four members on each team), first through fifth place of the Top Ten Individual Scores, and first through fifth place in the Level 4 Individual Award, and first place Level 4 Top Schools.

The official archives indicate that Orme students won 34 trophies and 13 first place wins this past year. In 2009, the school won 23 trophies and eight first place wins.

The Orme School offers a broad-based mathematics and science program to challenge its students of all abilities, 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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