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Dordt College hosts Great Plains Math League competition
March 10, 2005
A high school math competition was held at the Dordt College Science and Technology Center on Saturday, March 5. Schools participating in the competition were Sioux Center, Unity Christian, South O-Brien (small school division) and Sioux City East (large school division).
Unity Christian claimed first place in the competition, with a total of 227 points. In second place was South O達rien with 143-2/3 points, and third was Sioux Center with 132 points.
The math competition consisted of two individual events and two team events.
The Target round, an individual event, consisted of eight questions, each worth 10 points. Questions were given out in pairs and each student had 10 minutes to complete each pair.
Winners of the Target round are as follow: Freshmen: first place, Matt Sparks (East High); second place, Adam McAlpine (Sioux Center); third place, Grant Zomermaand (Unity). Sophomores: first place, Ashish Patel (East High); second place, Britt Barta, (East High); third place, Samantha James (East High). Juniors: first place, Michael Olthoff (Unity); second place, Helen van Beek (Unity); third place (two-person tie) Charles Corcoran and Andrew Dau, (both of South O達rien). Seniors: first place, Brandon Steggerda (Unity); second place, Ryan VanderPlas (Sioux Center); third place, James Slegers (Unity).
The Sprint round, also an individual event, consisted of 30 multiple-choice questions and a one-hour time limit. Winners of the Sprint round are as follow: Freshmen: first place, Benjamin Olthoff (Unity); second place, Matt Sparks (East High); third place, Paul Kleyer (Sioux Center); Sophomores: first place, Ashish Patel (East High); second place, Kayla Fiscus (East High); third place, Kiley Boone (Sioux Center); Juniors: first place, Michael Olthoff (Unity); second place, Charles Corcoran (South O達rien); third place, David McAlpine (Sioux Center). Seniors: first place, James Slegers (Unity); second place, Ryan VanderPlas (Sioux Center); third place, Joseph Slegers (Unity).
The Team Round, a group event, was a 10-question test with a 20 minute time limit. Winners of the Small Schools Team Round were the South O達rien team of Clayton Hoermann, Aaron Hofmeyer and Tony Sikora. The Unity Christian team of James Slegers, Joseph Slegers and Brandon Steggerda claimed second place, while third place was claimed by the Unity Christian team of Kyle Brons, Michael Olthoff and Helen van Beek. The Large School Team Round consisted of three East High teams, with the team of Britt Barta, Kurt Hines, Samanta James, John Small, and Alex Turner placing first.
The last event, the Relay Round, was also a group event. The students worked in groups of three, with each completing one part of a three-part question. The second part of the question was based on the answer to Part 1, and the third part was based on the answer to Part 2. The third and final person was the only person to turn in an answer. Winners of the relay were James Slegers, Joseph Slegers and Brandon Stegerda of Unity Christian. Second place was a five-way tie, including the Sioux Center trio of Molly Beernink, Travis Brammer and Marcus Veltkamp; South O達rien痴 trio, Charles Corcoran, Andrew Dau and Pade Roder; and three trios from Unity Christian; Kyle Brons, Michael Olthoff, Helen van Beek, Jessica Davelaar, Melissa Kroll, Janna Vermeer, Benjamin Olthoff, Eric Vermeer and Grant Zomermaand.
Each school year there are six Great Plains Math League competitions held in the midwest, followed by a state meet.
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