DHS students explore Adventures in Mathematics
Several Fridays ago, a group of Denison High School's UIL Mathematics competitors traveled to Texas A&M Commerce to participate in the 2nd annual Adventures in Mathematics. In addition to hearing keynote speaker Kevin Singleton explain his career as a Character Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios, the students also visited the school's planetarium to view a special presentation on black holes. After lunch, some of the students took a campus tour while others took part in an activity called "Maximum Thrill, No Kill".
"This activity was designed by a professor to give students the mathematical tools to compete in a Barbie Doll bungee jump contest," said math teacher Stephanie Daniel. "Students with the Barbie doll who bungee jumped closest to the ground without hitting it won a prize. Our Denison students took fourth place overall, a great accomplishment!"
Daniel said the most exciting part of the day was the Northeast Texas Algebra Competition. "Students from seven participating schools were given 60 questions to answer without using a calculator, paper or pencil. In addition, each of these problems had to be completed in 20 seconds or less. At the end of the day, Denison took four of the top five places."
DHS top Algebra winners were: 1st place - Daniel Lecheler, who received a TI-84 Calculator, a $60 gift certificate and a $1,000 scholarship to Texas A&M Commerce; 3rd place - Casey Cravey, who received a $30 gift certificate and a $500 scholarship to Texas A&M Commerce;
4th place - Dalton Kerbow, who received a $30 gift certificate and a $500 scholarship to Texas A&M Commerce; and 5th place - Matt Reid, who received a $30 gift certificate and a $500 scholarship to Texas A&M Commerce.
"These students are our future, and that future looks pretty bright to me," said Daniel. "What a great bunch of smart, motivated and creative kids!"