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K12 Notebook: Math whizzes represent at regional competition

More than 1,500 students from across the region participated in the 36th annual Tri-College University Mathematics Contest on Wednesday at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

More than 1,500 students from across the region participated in the 36th annual Tri-College University Mathematics Contest on Wednesday at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

They represented 47 schools from as far away as Bismarck, Grand Forks and Alexandria, Minn.

"My hope would be that students left feeling good about mathematics," said Wally Sizer, one of the organizers. "They worked out the solutions to some really hard problems."

Students competed in three grade levels: a middle-school level and two high school levels, one for grades nine and 10 and one for 11 and 12. Schools competed in the large- and small-school divisions.

The top winners:

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  • Hawley (Minn.) Maroon, sixth to eighth grade, small-school team.
  • Reilly Knorr of Pelican Rapids, Minn., sixth to eighth grade, small-school individual.
  • Cheney Middle School Team 1, West Fargo, sixth to eighth grade, large-school team.
  • Vahid Fazel-Rezai, South Middle School, Grand Forks, sixth to eighth grade, large-school individual.
  • Breckenridge (Minn.) Exponents, ninth and 11th grade, small-school team.
  • Johanna Knorr of Pelican Rapids, ninth and 11th grade, small-school individual.
  • Jefferson High School (Alexandria, Minn.) Greatest Common Factors, ninth and 11th grade, large-school team.
  • Ryan King of Grand Forks Central, ninth and 11th grade, large-school individual.
  • Hillcrest Red, Fergus Falls, Minn., 11th and 12th grade, small-school team.
  • Stephen Bates of Thief River Falls, Minn., 11th and 12th grade, small-school individual.
  • Bismarck Century Forbidden Fractions, 11th and 12th grade, large-school team.
  • Loren Anderson of Bismarck Century, 11th and 12th grade, large-school individual.

Fargo North and South high schools, Fargo Shanley and Fargo Oak Grove Lutheran School withdrew from the competition when classes were canceled Wednesday so students could help with the flood fight.
Play's world premiere

Fargo South High School students will present the one-act play "The Ledge" on Tuesday.

The play's script was updated by author Stephanie S. Tolan for Fargo South's rendition.

That means the school will be the first in the nation to present the play with new lines and even a new character, said director Steve Stark.

There will be a free public performance of the play at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Readers can reach Forum reporters Kelly Smith at (701) 241-5515 and Mila Koumpilova at (701) 241-5524

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