TIMOTHY MATH STUDENTS
SCORE SECOND STRAIGHT WIN
Trinity Math Triathlon may need to consider changing its name if Timothy
Christian School continues to dominate the event. The Elmhurst, Illinois,
grade school captured its second first-place trophy in two years on April
29, marking the fifth time in the Triathlon's 11-year history that Timothy
students have posted the highest cumulative score.
Each April, the College's
math department welcomes 10-15 Christian grade schools from Illinois, Wisconsin,
Indiana, and Michigan to compete in a series of problem-solving challenges
that demand sharp instincts and thorough teamwork. This year, 130 students
from 12 schools, mostly seventh- and eighth-graders, took turns figuring
exponentials, multiplying fractions, and determining proper divisors in
individual, team, and relay contests.
"I didn't think so many kids
enjoyed math this much," said Sarah Smith, a seventh-grader at Timothy
who participated in her first Triathlon. "It's fun because we get to know
people from different schools. I think I'd like to come back next year."
Math professors Sharon Robbert
and Dave Klanderman received help from more than 25 Trinity students and
registrar Ron Oosting, who contributed to his final Triathlon before retiring
this summer. The event's popularity spurred the math department to sponsor
separate events in Iowa and Wisconsin in January. Robbert said it is very
likely that the College will continue putting on three Triathlons each
year, which will allow more schools and students to experience the fun.
"Our kids get pretty excited
about coming here every year," said Dennis DeVries, math teacher at Southwest
Chicago Christian School in Oak Lawn, Illinois, which made its 10th appearance.
"We usually give them a few problems to simulate the Triathlon beforehand.
It's hard sometimes to get students to admit that they enjoy math, so this
shows them that math isn't so bad."
Southwest Chicago Christian's
Tinley Park (Illinois) school took second place while Central Wisconsin
Christian School notched third place. Next year's Triathlon is scheduled
for April 28, 2005.
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