|A team from Atlantic High School received first place during the recent High School Mathematics Competition at PBA. Members of the first-place team were, from left, Mike Klionsky, Benny Tom, Hayden Jansen, Hanif Ahmed, Gowri Nayar and coach Russ Williams.|
Teamwork plus mathematics skill equaled a first-place finish for Atlantic High School students during the High School Mathematics Competition at Palm Beach Atlantic University this month.
It was the second time in the four-year history of the contest that a team from Atlantic has won. Suncoast High School took second place, and last year’s champion, Spanish River High School, placed third.
In all, nine teams representing six public and private schools across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast participated. The other schools in the competition were St. Lucie West Centennial High School, Inlet Grove High School and Seminole Ridge High School.
During the competition, teams competed to solve algebra, trigonometry, statistics and pre-calculus problems.
The first-place team received a trophy and each member received a Texas instruments Nspire CX CAS graphing calculator and a Best Buy gift card. The second- and third-place teams also received Best Buy gift cards.
The members of the first-place team were Mike Klionsky, Benny Tom, Hayden Jansen, Hanif Ahmed and Gowri Nayar. Atlantic High School teacher Russ Williams 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. Kenneth Pembamoto, associate professor of computer science; and James Swick, assistant professor of mathematics.
The competition was sponsored by Texas Instruments and Best Buy. Panera Bread also was a sponsor.