3/5/2013 8:44:00 AM Local students compete in 14-hour math challenge
Imagine taking a 14-hour math test.
A team of five Windom Area High School students didn't have to imagine anything, they did it.
Senior Ryan Helmoski and juniors Hannah Kloss, Max Sykora, Isaac Steele and Blake Warner participated in "Moody's Mega Math Challenge" on Sunday.
Coached by WAHS math teacher Aniessa Sebring, this was the team's - and Windom's - first attempt at the 14-hour math challenge. The five students began the challenge at 7 a.m. and finished at 9 p.m., completing the challenge at BARC in the Windom Education & Collaborative Center (WECC) computer lab.
"Both nonprofit organizations wanted to host the students as a way to foster positive experiences in the area of advanced academics," explained Greg Warner of BARC. "At the completion of the competition Sunday night, the Windom students laughed as they said, 'This was like taking three consecutive ACT Tests.' "
This year's Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge posed a relevant and ambitious applied math problem to nearly 5,800 high school students in 29 states. These thousands of students, who comprised 1,281 teams, did't have the slightest clue what the problem topic would be or what they would be asked to do come Challenge day.
The team won't know how it did for six to eight weeks - after the solutions of more than 1,200 teams are evaluated.
For more on the math challenge, see the story in this week's Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands tomorrow.