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SHS wins big at UNL Math Day

2019 UNL Math Day Results

45 Scottsbluff High School students competed at the 30th Nebraska Math Day on Thursday, November 14, 2019. The contest is hosted by the Department of Mathematics on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus. 94 Nebraska high schools bring students brought 1,247 students for a day of fast-paced mathematics. Math Day is designed for students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 and for exceptional students in lower grades. Results are available at https://www.math.unl.edu/programs/mathday/results-new#mathday2019

The University of Nebraska – Lincoln College of Engineering arranged a special tour for students from Scottsbluff High School, Bayard High School, and Arapahoe High School on Wednesday, November 13 at Othmer Hall. Students toured the facility and interacted with a panel of undergraduate engineering students about what it is like to be a student at UNL.

 

Best Represented School in Class II

For the sixth time in seven years, Scottsbluff won the “Best Represented School” award, which honors the school with the highest percentage of its school population competing at the contest in each classification. Scottsbluff brought 45 students to the contest.

 

Math Bowl Competition

Scottsbluff won its third math bowl state championship in five years. Members of the team were:

Dakota Andrews, 11
Jamie Chen, 10
Katherine Reisig, 12
Kamden McGrew, 12
Ken Pham, 11
John Mentgen, 10

The math bowl tournament is double elimination. Each game consists of 12 questions. Teams have 30 seconds to buzz in and answer. Each question is worth 1 point. The first team to respond correctly scores the point. If one team answers incorrectly, the other team has a chance to answer. If neither team answers correctly, the game moves on to the next question. 

2019 Class II Math Bowl Scores:
Scottsbluff 6, Gretna 4
Scottsbluff 8, Elkhorn South 4
Scottsbluff 7, Bellevue East 3
Semifinals: Scottsbluff 9, Elkhorn 3
Finals: Scottsbluff 8, Elkhorn 4



PROBE I Competition

For the first time in school history, Scottsbluff High School won the PROBE I Competition. The school team consisted of Jamie Chen, 10; Dakota Andrews, 11; Seth Yarnell, 11; Katherine Reisig, 12; Cade Horn, 10; Nathan Hoevet, 10.

All students take the PROBE I (Problems Requiring Outstanding or Brilliant Effort). The Probe I is a 25 question multiple choice exam. Each correct answer is worth 4 points. Each question left blank is worth 1 point. Each question answered incorrectly is 0 points. Team scores consist of the average of the top 5 scores for each school.

Class II Probe I Team Scores
1st, Scottsbluff, 75.6
2nd, Gretna, 71.6
3rd, Elkhorn South, 65
4th, Bellevue East, 64.6
5th, Lux Middle School, 62.4
6th, Omaha Skutt Catholic, 60.2
7th, Elkhorn, 59.2
8th, Lincoln Pius X, 56.4
9th, Fremont, 51
10th, Columbus, 44.2
11th, Lexington, 43.6
12th, Norfolk, 42.4
13th, Moore Middle School, 32.4

The top 10 scorers for Scottsbluff High School were:
Score, School Rank, Student, Grade Level
89, 1st, Jamie Chen, 10
85, 2nd, Dakota Andrews, 11
69, 3rd, Seth Yarnell, 11
68, 4th, Katherine Reisig, 12
67, T-5th, Cade Horn, 10
67, T-5th, Nathan Hoevet, 10
59, 7th, Ken Pham, 11
58, 8th, Fabio Cantatore, 12
58, 9th, Riley Ibero, 9
56, 10th, Talera Kinsey, 12

Overall, Jamie Chen placed 7th and Dakota Andrews placed 11th out of the 1,247 students competing in the contest. Both were invited to take the more challenging PROBE II Exam for a chance to compete for scholarships awarded to the Top 10. The PROBE II is an essay exam containing six rigorous problems featuring content from undergraduate mathematics courses. After PROBE II, Jamie finished 11th and Dakota finished 17th

It is noteworthy that our top six students finished in the top 100 out of the 1,247 exam competitors (Jamie 7th, Dakota 11th, Seth 50th, Katherine 60th, Cade and Nathan 66th).

 

All-Class Top 10 Schools on PROBE I (Average of Top 5 Scores)

Rank

Average

School

Class

1

85.4

Lincoln Southwest

1

2

83.8

Millard North

1

3

81.0

Lincoln East

1

4

78.2

Brownell-Talbot

4

5

75.6

Scottsbluff

2

6

73.2

Omaha Creighton Prep

1

7

72.4

Mount Michael Benedictine

3

8

71.6

Gretna

2

9

68.6

Lincoln High

1

10

68.6

Papillion-LaVista South

1