Staff reports

Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Student 'Mathletes' in regional math contest

A team of middle school Mathletes from Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School won the Southeast Regional Mathcounts Competition held Feb. 5 at Juneau-Douglas High School. Mathcounts competitions are organized by the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers.

A total of 26 students from three middle schools competed in the Mathcounts Regional Competition. Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School, Floyd Dryden Middle School, and the Juneau Montessori Adolescent Program were the three Juneau schools competing. Each school had one official team of four students participating and in addition, they had students competing as official individuals. Official contestants are eligible for the state competition.

Teachers, coaches and students have been preparing for the competition since early fall. Students competed in written and fast-paced oral matches in subjects which include algebra, probability, statistics and geometry. Winners received prizes and trophies.

Contestants included Denali Hyatt, Jaspri Sylvan, Melissa Axmann, Emma Brower from the Floyd Dryden A team; Tow Wolfe, Jack Raster, Alex Barto, Carly Casipit from the Floyd Dryden B team; Phillip Murray, Joel Easton, Sadie Adams, Andrew Jones from the Adolescent Montessori Program A team; Chris Hartman and Miranda Noel from the Adolescent Montessori Program B team; Ben Weyhrauch, Jurgen Rieselbach, Merijke Coenraad, and Nick Waldo from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School A team; Helena Benedict, Robin Woodby, Maria Weyhrauch, Stephanie Logan from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School B team; and Logan Miller, Aaron Cohen, Stephen Chen, and George Scan from the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School C team.

Members of the winning team from Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School coached by Mary Borthwick are: Merijke Coenraad (5th Place Individual), Ben Weyhrach (3rd Place Individual), Jurgen Rieselbach (2nd Place Individual) and Nick Waldo (1st Place Individual). The team will now advance to the state competition, to be held at UAS on March 5.

In addition to the top team, the top two individuals not on the qualifying team will advance to the State Competition. Those individuals are Robin Woodby (4th Place Individual) and Aaron Cohen (6th Place Individual) from Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School.

The second- and third-place teams are from Juneau Montessori Adolescent Program, coached by Dominic Bradford, and other volunteers, and Floyd Dryden Middle School, coached by Rebecca Farrell.

Mathcounts is a nationwide volunteer nonprofit organization designed to improve math skills among U.S. students. Sponsors target 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students, who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability.

Mathcounts national sponsors cover expenses at the national competition, but all state and chapter competition expenses are funded locally. The costs of promoting academic excellence are considerable and none of this is possible without the generous support of our local sponsors, who include Coastwise Engineering, Electric Power Systems, Gorman Engineers, Haight & Associates, Hansen Engineering, LLC, Tetra Tech/KCM Inc., Minch Ritter Voelckers Architects, Murray & Associates, P.C., Peratrovich Nottingham & Drage, R & M Engineering Ketchikan, Inc., Toner-Nordling & Associates, Inc., USKH, Kerry Foster of Ketchikan and GCI Cable, Inc.

Good luck to all our competing Mathletes. If anyone would like any information concerning Mathcounts, please contact Glenn Miller, P.E., Southeast Alaska Mathcounts coordinator, at 364-2326.

Build a balsa bridge

The Balsa Bridge Making workshop is 1 to 4 p.m., Feb. 19, at Juneau-Douglas City Museum. Get ready for the Eleventh Annual Balsa Bridge Contest this March by learning how to build a beam or truss bridge with local engineers from the State of Alaska Department of Transportation's Bridge Design Team. This workshop is for kids 10 and older.

Peratrovich play comes to Juneau

Author, actress and playwright Diane Benson brings "When My Spirit Raised Its Hand: Elizabeth Peratrovich and the Story of Alaskan Civil Rights" to Juneau. Performances are at 7 p.m., Feb. 16, at Tlingit-Haida Community Center and 7 p.m., Feb. 17, at University of Alaska Southeast Egan library. The first performance is a benefit for ANB Camp 70 scholarship fund and Tlingit-Haida Healthy Nations Program.

The play is a reenactment of the events leading up to the landmark 1945 territorial Senate hearing where Elizabeth Peratrovich persuaded the Legislature to pass the Anti-Discrimination Act.

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