Team recruits, prepares for math challenge

by Erik Hernandez, Staff Reporter

Last year, the idea of competing in  “Moody’s Math Challenge” came to the mind of Victor Gonzalez, math teacher; however, there was not a sufficient amount of students willing to join. This year Mr. Gonzalez is ready for the challenge by preparing four students for the competition.

These students include Kat Dobrowski, Omar Joya, Chris Knill and Sina Ith, seniors. The team is currently still recruiting students to participate.

“We have very, very talented and well-rounded students,”  Mr. Gonzalez said.

On March 2 and 3, the team will receive a real world problem, which they will then download to solve. These problems can range from a census issue to an economic stimulus plan. The team has from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. to research and analyze the problem. Judges will decide the winners based on a presentation about the topics.

“They gain knowledge in areas such as working for the city, science, business and government,”  Mr. Gonzalez said.

According to Mr. Gonzalez, the goal of WHS participating in this challenge is to gain real world experience.

“It’s a good way for us to practice our skills in mathematics, research and other stuff,” Ith said.

The program awards $115,000 in scholarship money to winning teams.  Schools win scholarship money according to the place they get in the competition. Thousands of juniors and seniors from 29 states will be participating in the challenge.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Knill said.  “I’m in a good team and I feel prepared.”

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