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CSU-Pueblo hosts 39th annual Math Day Competitions

Release Date: November 21, 2016

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo

719.549.2810

Press Release

PUEBLO – The Department of Mathematics and Physics at Colorado State University-Pueblo has announced the results from the 39th Annual Math Day Swanson and Math Bowl competitions, held on campus Thursday, Nov. 17. A total of 16 high schools participated in Math Day activities, including Antonito, Center, Coronado, Cripple Creek-Victor, Doherty, Fountain-Fort Carson, La Junta, Pine Creek, Pueblo Centennial, Pueblo Central, Pueblo County, Rye, Salida, Swallows Charter, Academy, and Swink. In addition to participating in the competitions, students were able to visit laboratories and view demonstrations in the biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics departments.

The Swanson Competition was named after Clarence Swanson, a long-time chair of the math department. The in-depth, problem-solving, written test offers students from Southern Colorado high schools the opportunity to vie for six trophies. Of the 157 students to take the exam, the top six contestants are listed below in rank order with the highest listed first followed by the student’s high school:

  1. Sam Wolyn**Rye High School
  2. Amy Wang**Pine Creek High School
  3. Justin Dieter** Pine Creek High School
  4. Bradley Ma* Pine Creek High School
  5. Titus Sharman Coronado High School
  6. Mark Bloomfield Coronado High School

*Second year finishing in the top six.
**Third year finishing in the top six.

The following Swanson Competition contestants earned honorable mention. The students are listed by home town, then alphabetically by last name followed by their high schools:

Colorado Springs 
Daniel Bazan Coronado High School
Bryan Becar Doherty High School
James Boehlke Coronado High School
Kyle MaPine Creek High School
Ruddy Quinn Doherty High School
Angel Wang Pine Creek High School
Connor Weisburg Doherty High School
Fountain 
Jack Brock Fountain-Fort Carson High School
Pueblo 
Aaron Duran Pueblo County High School
Dylan Shapiro Pueblo Centennial High School
Rye 
Emma Lesser Rye High School
Gabe Slade Rye High School
Catie Wolyn Rye High School
Salida 
Hunter Redman Salida High School

The Math Bowl Competition requires two three-person teams to go head-to-head in a 15-minute race for points. Each team alternately is given a mathematical question and has 25 seconds to respond. The team with the most points then goes to the semi-final round to determine the winner. Winning teams proceed through the bracket to the final round. Fourteen teams participated in the 2016 Math Bowl.

The 2016 Math Bowl winner, after three exciting tie-breakers, is Rye, featuring team members Sam Wolyn, Gabe Slade, and Catie Wolyn. Coronado placed second with team members Kyle Michel, Titus Sharman, Luke Travins. Semifinalists are Pueblo Centennial with team members Seth Legan, Andrew Mohan, and Dylan Shapiro, and Salida with team members Hunter Redman, Hayden Berkenhotter, Sanghyun Shim. Consolation went to Pine Creek with team members Amy Wang, Justin Dieter, and Bradly Ma.​

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Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.

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