DHS students score high on math test
Renee Baumann, a senior at Douglas High School, was the top DHS scorer in the 49th annual American High School Math Exam held Feb. 26 at the school. She also received the highest score of any DHS student.
Baumann scored a 92 out of 150 possible points, beating the former school high score of 91. Her name will appear on a plaque in the school’s trophy case.
Scoring second was sophomore Mariah Weigel. Third place was a three-way tie between junior Rory Marenco, senior Dioni Rey and sophomore Luke Sigler.
The school team score was 257, and 75 students took the test.
In the top 20 scorers besides the three top finishers were Danelle Paterson, Brett Marenco, Ginger Hammerquist, Bryan Sullivan, Phillip Gorrindo, Henry McCubbin, Rebecca Rippee, Broadie Rom, Taya Willden, Brian Duffy, Brandon Griffith, Sarah Moore, Kathrin Theumer, John Yurtinus, Les Bower and Kathrine Sullivan.
The test is a 1-1/2-hour, 30-question, multiple-choice examination based on noncalculus secondary school mathematics, with problems ranging from easy to extremely difficult, said math teacher Debbie Barnes.
The purpose of the test is to identify and encourage, through friendly competition, students with an interest in and talent for mathematical problem-solving.
Barnes added that students earn no prize money or scholarship, but take the test to challenge themselves.
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