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For the last 12 years in April, Trinity has invited several grade schools to participate in its Math Triathlon. For a half dozen of those years, Timothy Christian School has taken home the first-place trophy.

The Elmhurst, Illinois, school collected its latest hardware April 28 after accumulating the most points among 17 Christian schools and homeschool associations at the Math Triathlon. Timothy has won the last three competitions.

"The kids we bring always have a lot of fun," said George Bosman '64, who has taught at Timothy for nearly 40 years. "They look forward to this event and enjoy interacting with other kids from different schools. It's great that Trinity sponsors this every year."

Nearly 200 seventh- and eighth-graders from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin participated in this year's triathlon. The College's entire math and computer science faculty - Dave Klanderman, Sharon Robbert, Bill Miller, Longy Anyanwu, and Charles Benson - got help from former registrar Ron Oosting and computer services technician Kevin Jacobs. More than 30 Trinity students also pitched in to greet the visitors, handle registration, and oversee the events.

The Triathlon comprises individual, team, and relay events along with a halftime activity. This year's halftime, "Extreme Makeoever: The Math Edition," challenged groups of students to build free-standing structures made of marshmallows and straws. Senior Chuck Commeret (Grand Rapids, Michigan) served as the host, Pi Tetrahedron. That name is a combination of a Greek letter and a geometrical shape.

"It's nice for the kids to get outside of the classroom and compete against other students," said math teacher Ryan Van Overloop, who brought 10 first-time participants from Protestant Reformed School in South Holland, Illinois. "They get excited about some of the same things we just covered in class."

Other winners in the math triathlon included: Central Wisconsin Christian School (Waupun, Wisconsin) took second place, and Calvin Christian School (South Holland, Illinois) and Southwest Chicago Christian School (Tinley Park, Illinois) tied for third.

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