Spanish River High School’s mathematics team discovered the winning formula during the High School Mathematics Competition at Palm Beach Atlantic University on Saturday.
The team’s first-place win was its second in the three-year history of the contest. Last year’s champion, Atlantic High School, took second place and Palm Beach Gardens High placed third. In all, 11 teams representing seven public and private schools across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast participated.
|The team from Palm Beach Gardens High School uses a tablet computer during the High School Mathematics Competition at Palm Beach Atlantic University on May 14.|
During the competition, teams solved algebra, trigonometry, statistics and pre-calculus problems using HP tablet computers and DyKnow interactive software.
The first-place team received a trophy and members received $75 Best Buy gift cards and TI-Nspire calculators. The second-place team received $50 gift cards, and the third-place team earned $25 gift cards.
Members of all other participating teams received $10 gift cards. The schools were Jupiter Christian High School, St. Lucie West Centennial High School, Cardinal Newman High School and Seminole Ridge High School.
The first-place team was comprised of Noranit Narapanya, Whitney Sha, Eric Pelz, Nicolas Rochwerger, and Michael Barth. Spanish River High School mathematics teacher Mary Fish is the team’s coach.
Three professors in PBA’s School of Arts and Sciences served as judges: Dr. Marsha Guntharp, associate professor of mathematics; Dr. Stephen Selby, associate professor of mathematics; and James Swick, assistant professor of mathematics.
Also, Karen Swick helped formulate problems for the competition. She retired from PBA in 2002 after 20 years of service as a professor of mathematics.
Among the special guests in attendance were Melissa Akey, educational technology consultant with Texas Instruments, and Ashley Ralston, a 2010 graduate of PBA who is now a mathematics teacher at Palm Beach Gardens High.
Ralston, a mathematics and secondary education major, spoke to students, teachers and parents in attendance about career opportunities and practical applications of a mathematics degree.
The competition was sponsored by Texas Instruments. Other sponsors included Best Buy, Little Caesar’s and Panera Bread.