Apache Junction dominates 33rd Annual CAC High School Math Contest; Casa Grande finishes 2nd

April 20, 2009

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – Apache Junction High School captured three gold medals and the overall team championship at the 33rd Annual Central Arizona College High School Math Contest.

The event was held at the Signal Peak Campus on Thursday, April 16 and featured 335 students representing seven Pinal County high schools battling for top math honors in the county. The reward included medals, peer accolades and hamburgers on The Green following the event.

Students competed in pairs to solve problems in three categories – Level I (Algebra), Level II (Algebra II & Geometry), and Level III, the latter encompassing a potpourri of mathematical problems.

Katie Turner and Zach Decke of Apache Junction High School grabbed top honors in the Level III competition, while schoolmates Grace Turner and Grace Kennedy won the Level I event.

Rich Grams and Caleb Shroyer, also from Apache Junction High School, finished third in the Level I competition, giving the school closest to CAC’s Superstition Mountain Campus a dominating performance.

Apache Junction amassed 17 team points to capture the overall team trophy. Its point total was more than double runner-up Casa Grande Union High School which placed second with eight points.

Schools received five points for first-place finishes, three for second and one for third.

Apache Junction also claimed five points in the open competition for individuals when Eric Penick won the event.

Casa Grande amassed all eight of its points in the Level II competition, taking first and second place. Andrew Heiman and Curtis Knox won the event, while Benjamin Green and Max Stephan-Queen finished second.

Marana High School placed third in the contest by compiling seven points. Kyle Seamens was a double top performer after he took second in the Open Competition and teamed up with Sean Ross to place second in the Level III event. Noe Arroyo Williams and Evan Boyack finished third in the Level II contest.

Desert Shadows Middle School of Apache Junction actually competed and scored three points to finish fourth thanks to Amber Rink and Micah Raney. The twosome finished second in the Level I competition.

Fifth place belonged to Maricopa High School thanks to Brittney Pacha and Preston Ramierz who placed third in the Level III event.

The Qwest Foundation helped fund the math competition through a grant received by Central Arizona College. In addition, Pearson Education, the publisher of CAC’s math textbooks and software, presented gift certificates to the top performers.

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