Maricopa Unified School District snags top two medals, Coolidge claims 3rd at SPC Middle School Math Contest

February 13, 2009

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – Piggybacking on the success of the Superstition Mountain Campus Middle School Math Contest, more than 50 students from five area schools descended up Central Arizona College on Jan. 29 for the inaugural Signal Peak Campus version of the event.

When the competition was over, the Maricopa Unified School District returned to the western part of the county with a gold and silver medal, while the Coolidge Unified School District picked up the bronze for its third-place finish.

Desert Wind Middle School took first place while Maricopa Wells Middle School placed second, giving MUSD a two-fisted piece of hardware for its trophy case.

The Desert Wind team was led by teacher Chris King and consisted of the following students: Parker Kieme, Mikyle Madrid, Samantha Martinez, Spencer McDonald, Abraham Perez, Cory Riecken, Miranda Sloat, Courtnee Soltez, Cynthia Yap and Armando Zuniga.

Maricopa Wells was led by teacher Robyn Rice and the following students: Andrew Argaiz, Paul Cabrera, Karell Garcia, Niles Getz, Brooke Graham, Samantha Hoctor Kristen Lintz, Zara McGee, Jacob Richmond and Brandon Tilley.

The Heartland Ranch Elementary School from Coolidge earned the third-place trophy thanks to teacher Alfred Sembe and his students: Jade Fryhover, Aaron Guzman, Maritza Hernandez, Jadelyn Madrid, Ian Mason, Chris Pile, Ana Quinonez, Themis Schillo, Erin Stephens, Mathew Stephens and Madalynn Zimmer.

In addition to the team results, individual tandems featuring two students working together competed for top honors. Yap and Martinez earned the moniker of top math students, while Madrid and Perez finished second, giving Desert Winds another one-two punch.

The third-place twosome of Dalton Cole and Kennedy Noca took home the bronze medal while representing the Mountain Vista School in Oracle, Ariz.

Community support featured prize and food donations from Quizno’s of Coolidge and the faculty and staff of Central Arizona College’s Signal Peak Campus.

The Middle School Math Contest at the Signal Peak Campus not only provided an opportunity for competition and, but it exposed students to a college atmosphere.


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