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Orme Mathletes repeat first place wins at NAU-Yavapai County competition

Students from The Orme School work quickly to come up with an answer during the College Bowl contest at the Yavapai County Math Competition at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Thursday. From left are Kirk Kang, who won first place in Level 5 (Calculus and above) and first place on the Individual Test, Victor Wang, Richard Liu and Jack An.<br>
BBN Photo/Sue Tone

Students from The Orme School work quickly to come up with an answer during the College Bowl contest at the Yavapai County Math Competition at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Thursday. From left are Kirk Kang, who won first place in Level 5 (Calculus and above) and first place on the Individual Test, Victor Wang, Richard Liu and Jack An.<br> BBN Photo/Sue Tone

Math students from Orme School took home major trophies and medals again this year at the regional mathematics competition on Jan. 26 on the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University campus in Prescott.

Sixteen students competed from all secondary grades and took home five trophies, 18 medals, and four first place awards in the 2012 Northern Arizona University-Yavapai County Mathematics Competition.

About 300 students from 15 public and private schools participated in the annual event, which began at 8 a.m. with a 75-minute individual exam and a 30-minute team exam.

The highest scoring team from each school in the Team Competition moved on to the College Bowl, which is a multi-round, elimination event similar to Jeopardy where pairs of teams of up to four students vie to hit the buzzer first with the correct answer. In the final elimination round, the Orme team correctly answered all five math problems in less than two minutes to defeat a very strong team from Tri-City Prep. The team consisted of Kirk Kang, Victor Wang, Richard Liu and Jack An.

To provide competitive equality for younger students in the individual exams, students of high school age were scored in levels; Level 1 beginning with Algebra classes to Level 5, at or above Calculus.

Orme School's awards include:

• First place in College Bowl.

• Second place in the Team Competition

• First, sixth and eighth place Individual Score Awards.

• First and fifth place Level 5 Individual Award.

• Second and third place Level 4 Individual Award.

• First place Level 5 School Award (school average of individual exam scores).

• First place Level 4 School Award.

• Third place Level 3 School Award.

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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