(Top photo) The Pope John MathCounts team of Faith Kinney, Maddie Schrage, Lauren Seier and Kyle Schumacher participated in the 32nd Annual Nebraska State Competition at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln on March 21st. Having qualified as a team by placing second in the regional competition in Columbus in February, they were among the 71 students from 26 schools in the state competing for a spot in the national competition. They were faced with difficult, challenging problems.
Kyle Schumacher, son of Kevin and Lisa Schumacher, had the highest individual score of the Pope John students. The Lux Middle School team, coached by Ingrid Zhang, was the overall winner. The Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers coordinates the state MathCounts competitions.
American Mathematics Competition
(Lower photo) Once again some of the Pope John students were given the opportunity to take the annual American Mathematics Competition 10 and 12 tests. Ten of the freshmen and sophomores wrote the AMC 10 exam while ten of the juniors and seniors took the AMC 12 test.
School results from the AMC 10 test show that Logan Henn, son of Denis and Jan Henn, placed first among Pope John students. Placing second was Shantel Preister, daughter of Scott and Kay Preister, while the third place honor was earned by Calli Krebs, daughter of Jeff and Lynette Krebs.
There was a tie for first place in the AMC 12 division. Zach Eischeid, son of Karen and the late Paul Eischeid, and Nicole Beckman, daughter of John and Tracy Beckman, earned the top school score. Morgan Childers, daughter of Duane and Chelli Childers, placed second. Jack Borer, son of Merle and Emily Borer, placed third.
All school winners receive certificates. Those placing first receive s special math medal and have their names engraved on the school winners’ plaque. Photos & information submitted