Students Compete in Math Challenge

Twenty-five EHS students participated in the Dordt College Math Challenge on November 2 at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.

There were 230 students from 15 schools who competed individually and in teams of 4.
Lauren DeJong took 2nd place in the sophomore division for the individual competition, and Caitlin Goodrich teamed up with Sioux Falls Christian students to take 3rd place in the team competition.

Students also attended breakout sessions such as “Bedford’s Law: How to Catch a Crook with Logarithms,” a math “Escape Room,” “Fibonacci, Pine Cones, and the Golden Ratio,” “The Josephus Problem…or How to Avoid being Thrown into the Sea,” “The Mathemagic of Scissor Cutting,” and “To Inifinity…and Beyond!”

Those who attended were also able to tour Dordt’s campus. While waiting for the results of the team competition, students participated in a whopper of a tower challenge using only spaghetti noodles and some marshmallows.

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Getting started on their tower are Mariah Olson, Joni Vander Beek, and Tessa De Kam.

Paityn Berghorst, Brinna Bloemendaal, Joe Van Essen, and Madori Scholten working on their spaghetti and marshmallow tower.

Back row (from left): Joe Van Essen, Alex Rodriguez, Richard Bistline, Joni Vander Beek, Rulon Bistline, Abby Ackerman, Zach Johnson; middle: Mariah Olson, Hanna Robinson, Maelyn Van Essen, Taryn Bootsma, Madison Heard, Tessa DeKam, Sierra Van Dyke, Paityn Berghorst; front: Lauren DeJong, Payton Robinson, Caitlin Goodrich, Mike Moss, Madie Nelson, Brinna Bloemendaal, Jayme Bleyenburg, Madori Scholten, Jose Cruz Medina, Zakary Valenzuela

Caitlin Goodrich teamed up with Sioux Falls Christian students to take 3rd place in the team competition.

Lauren DeJong took 2nd place in the sophomore division for individual competition.