West school briefs: Wayzata team wins Mega Math Challenge

  • Article by: KIM MCGUIRE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 7, 2013 - 1:32 PM

Plymouth

Wayzata team wins Mega Math Challenge

Students on the Wayzata High School Math Team took first place in this year’s Moody’s Mega Math Challenge out of 1,054 submitted papers.

The team earned first-place after its 15-minute presentation to a panel of professional applied mathematicians on April 29 at Moody’s headquarters in New York City’s financial district.

The team won the top scholarship prize from the Moody’s Foundation’s of $20,000 for the team. Team members in this competition include seniors Jenny Lai, Abram Sanderson, Amy Xiong, Lynn Zhang and Roy Zhao. The team is coached by math teacher Thomas Kilkelly.

The goal of the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge is to showcase the relevancy and power of mathematics in solving real-world issues, as well as inspire students to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.

Every five seconds, Americans use 60,000 plastic bags and consume 2,000 bottled drinks, and the math students across 29 states who participated in the contest devised methods to quantify and manage this waste.

Each group had to quantify the plastic waste filling the nation’s landfills, come up with the best recycling methods for U.S. cities to implement based on their demographics, and recommend guidelines for nationwide recycling standards.

Technology classes offered for adults

Wayzata Community Education is offering a wide variety of technology classes for both beginners and more experienced users.

• Microsoft Word 2010, Part 1: Learn how to use this powerful word processing program for fun or employment. Thursday, May 9, 6-9 p.m. Fee is $55.

• Picasa: This free image editing software is a great photo editing tool for beginners. May 15, 10 a.m.-noon. Fee is $39.

• Adobe Photoshop Elements: This powerful image-editing program allows you to do intricate work with photos on your computer. May 16, 9 a.m.-noon. Fee is $55.

All classes meet at Central Middle School, 305 Vicksburg Lane, N., Plymouth. Register at www.ceregistration.wayzata.k12.mn.us or call 763-745-5213.

Richfield

Rummage sale set at Blessed Trinity

Blessed Trinity will host a rummage sale Wednesday through Saturday, May 8-11, with more than 450 households contributing merchandise.

Come to Blessed Trinity’s Nicollet Campus Gym at 6720 Nicollet Av. S. in Richfield.

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