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26 Northeast Kansas High Schools Participated in Washburn University’s 50th Annual Math Day

         Topeka, Kan. – The Washburn University math department hosted 205 students from 26 local high schools for their 50th annual Math Day, Nov. 19, 2019. Students participated in math testing and the “Mathnificient Race,” a scavenger hunt on the Washburn University campus for information required to solve a sequence of problems as quickly as possible.

The top three individual scorers in the senior and non-senior categories all receive medals, and the top three scorers from each school receive ribbons. The top team in each of the 1A/2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A school classifications and the top overall scorer receive plaques.

Jay Ram from Washburn Rural High School earned the overall top score on the exam. Washburn Rural High School earned top honors in each of the three individual testing categories, as well as placed first in the 6A team awards. Shawnee Heights High School placed first in the 5A round, Hayden Catholic High School placed first in 4A, Burlington High School placed first in 3A and Valley Falls High School placed first in 1A/2A. Centralia High School won the Mathnificent Race.

Top Score on Exam
Jay Ram, score of 35 out of 40, Washburn Rural High School

Individual Awards

Senior Students
1st place: Jay Ram, score of 35 out of 40, Washburn Rural High School
2nd place: Irene Caracioni, score of 31 out of 40, Topeka High School
3rd place: Vaughn Tiffany, score of 30 out of 40, Olathe South High School

Non-Senior Students
1st place: Nibi Kulkarni, score of 34 out of 40, Washburn Rural High School
2nd place: Colin Marett, score of 29 out of 40, Lawrence High School
3rd place: Ethan Coleman, score of 29 out of 40, Olathe South High School

Team Awards

6A
First Place: (score of 97 out of 120), Washburn Rural High School
TEAM MEMBERS: 1. Jay Ram 2. Nibi Kulkarni 3. Zach Willingham

Second Place: (score of 87 out of 120), Olathe South High School
TEAM MEMBERS: 1. Vaughn Tiffany 2. Ethan Coleman 3. Tej Maheshwari

5A
First Place: (score of 62 out of 120), Shawnee Heights High School
TEAM MEMBERS: 1. Makenna Orton 2. Kale Stahl 3. Chase Johnson

Second Place: (score of 60 out of 120), Sumner Academy of Arts and Science
TEAM MEMBERS: 1. Alexander Solis 2. Michael Schultz 3. Mariah Duron

4A
First Place: (score of 77 out of 120), Hayden Catholic High School
TEAM MEMBERS: 1. Graidon Nichol 2. Geng Jin Wang 3. James Gillin

Second Place: (score of 75 out of 120), Atchison High School
TEAM MEMBERS: 1. Nathan Sowers 2. Jameson Parks 3. Nichola Funk

3A
First Place: (score of 66 out of 120), Burlington High School
TEAM MEMBERS: 1. Emmalea Yunk 2. Jacob Dugar 3. Sierra Haddock

Second Place: (score of 61 out of 120), Wellsville High School
TEAM MEMBERS: 1. Miles Reed 2. Carson Richardson 3. Devin Beam

1A/2A
First Place: (score of 76 out of 120), Valley Falls High School
TEAM MEMBERS: 1. Gage Burdiek, 2. Catherine Montgomery, 3. Chandler Fienhage

Second Place: (score of 49 out of 120), Centralia High School
TEAM MEMBERS: 1.Kade Olberding, 2. Jude Conley, 3. Olivia Kuckleman

All Participating Schools
Atchison County Community High School
Atchison High School
Burlington High School
Centralia High School
Eudora High School
Fort Scott High School
Hayden Catholic High School
Hiawatha High School
Highland Park High School
Lawrence High School
Olathe East High School
Olathe Northwest High School
Olathe South High School
Rossville High School
Royal Valley High School
Seaman High School
Shawnee Heights High School
Silver Lake High School
St. Mary’s High School
Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences
Topeka High School
Topeka West High School
Valley Falls High School
Wamego High School
Washburn Rural High School
Wellsville High School

         This is the 50th annual Math Day; this event is a Washburn tradition dating back to 1969. Each November, high school students from all over northeast Kansas come to Washburn to compete in a 40-question competitive mathematics exam. Teachers accompanying the students have a discussion of current issues of importance to mathematics educators and/or participate in activities to enhance teaching mathematics in the classroom.

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For further information: For further information, contact: Kaitlin West Public Relations Specialist Telephone: 785-670-2154 Cell: 785-633-0536 Email: kaitlin.west@washburn.edu

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