Scottsdale district mathletes score big at competition

Copper Ridge mathletes (Submitted photo)

Copper Ridge School’s advanced mathletes took top honors Feb. 2 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s 19th annual Excellence in Mathematics competition.

Eighth-grader Kaitlyn Baughman took fourth place in the individual portion of the competition.

Eighth-graders Lars Nordhagen, Pierce Rainwater and Paul Kadavy won first place in the team competition.

“Copper Ridge, the only Scottsdale Unified School District school to compete in the event, has established a winning tradition, as this year’s achievements are an impressive follow-up to a second-place win in 2018,” a release stated.

The annual event challenges Arizona students to demonstrate mastery of complex problem-solving skills and mathematics concepts in both individual and team challenges.

The competition included middle school teams from districts across the state and from local charters, including BASIS Scottsdale and Chandler.

Under the guidance of math teachers Lynda Boepple and Jen Munoz, Copper Ridge’s competitors spent several weeks preparing for the event.

Among Copper Ridge’s other mathletes are Andre Hudson, Nikhil Sethi, Ryan Marriott, Katherine Sinkwitz, Katie Marsh, Isabella Reese, Laura Zhang and Isabel Catalano.

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