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Fourteen students win top spots, moving on to state contest

Several Farragut High School students placed in the top three of their math division when their test scores were compared with others within the region.

Students took a standard test April 17 at The University of Tennessee. Adam Starkey, math teacher at FHS, said scores were compared first at the county level, then regional level, and are now being compared at the state level.

“It’s a statewide exam, so within the next month or so the scores will be compared to Middle Tennessee, Upper East Tennessee as a division and West Tennessee, and there will be state winners,” he said.

FHS sent 45 students to the competition, and “they are chosen by previous willingness to go to math competitions, previous interest and skill level,” Starkey added.

Several of the students who placed in the top three said they have competed in past years. Adam Pharr, a senior, won third-place in the calculus division.

“This is my third year, I didn’t do it last year but I did my freshman and sophomore years. I thought [the calculus] test was a lot easier this year than the other ones,“ he said.

Umang Shukla, also a senior, said he has “actually done this competition all four years, along with several other ones. I won first place my sophomore year for statistics. I placed in both geometry and pre-calculus. I like math contests. Both my sisters were involved when they were in high school. It’s something that I thought I was good at and enjoy.” Shukla won first-place in the calculus division.

“Calculus took twelve of the top sixteen spots overall,” he added.

Ruoke Yang, a freshman who won first-place in the Algebra II division, said, “This was my third competition. I heard about it from other students.”

Eddie Buehler, a senior, said this was his fourth year in the competition. He won second-place in calculus. Dennis Meng, a sophomore said this was his second time competing. He won third in Algebra II.

A few other students had success despite being in the competition for the first time.

Thomas Dai won second-place in geometry and said, “This is my first time. It was really unexpected. I didn’t think I did that well.” He is a freshman and said being selected to compete made him feel “good, I guess.”

Thomas Fraser, a senior, said, “This is my first time competing. I thought it was fun.” Fraser won third-place in statistics.

“I love math,” he added.

Freshman Evan Noon won first-place in geometry.

“It was really fun. It was one of the first competitions I’ve ever been in,” he said.

Jordan Kilbey, a junior, said, “This year was my first year. It was pretty hard. I was flattered [when I was chosen to compete].” Kilbey won third-place in pre-calculus.


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