Wyoming's Top "Math-letes" Compete in State Contest

By: Kyle Markley Email
By: Kyle Markley Email

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Over the past two weeks the top athletes in the world have gathered to compete in the Olympic Games and while not quite as prestigious, Laramie County had all of its top “math-letes” together to match wits at Storey Gym.
Whether it be on the athletic field or in a math competition, South High School junior, Joey Saenz, loves to compete.
"It excites me because I love competition and so when I get to go against people that can challenge me it excites me and makes me do better," said Saenz.
228 junior high and school students from all six secondary schools in Laramie County school district one met at Storey Gym to compete in the Wyoming State Math Contest.
"They love the competition and it's fun to see them get excited about math stuff," said Kristin Cavallier, Math Coordinator for LCSD1.
Students were challenged by everything from equations to derivatives in five different tests.
"I came in with a lot of confidence and then I saw the first question and I was like, 'man I'm really bad at math,' and then after that it was like, oh I get this and it kind of got better and better," said Pamela Velazquez, senior at South High School.
There was no crowd in the stands or cheerleaders on the sidelines to cheer these students on, but these are the students that could one day invent the flying car or be responsible for mankind stepping foot on Mars.
"When you came here you knew everybody had like a common goal of that they're smart in math and they can do the things that we can," said Saenz.
"Just knowing I got the answer right. Figuring it out and making sure it was on the list. That's the best feeling," said Velazquez.
The top scores around the state will receive prizes, with the highest score by a senior being awarded a scholarship to the University of Wyoming.

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