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Posted February 5, 2013

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Desert Ridge Students Earn Awards in National Math Contest

Five students took individual honors.

Desert Ridge Middle School continues to make a national name for itself in mathematics, as a school team finished strong in the 2012 Ciphering Time Trials, a national mathematics contest. 

Coach Judy Moore prepared students for the last major competition of 2012, administered by National Assessment & Testing. Students competed in a ten-round contest in which they had three minutes to solve three problems. 

Five Desert Ridge students received individual awards:  Kaan Dokmeci won first place and Sophie Yang placed fifth, followed by Xunchuan Liu (10th), Brad Zheng (12th) and Siddharth Namchivayam (15th). 

The problems in each round covered a range of difficulties in diverse topics, challenging the most-experienced students to answer all three questions within the time limit and requiring less-experienced students to quickly decide which problems they needed to skip. 

The Desert Ridge team participated last week in National Assessment & Testing’s 2013 Four-by-Four Competition, which offers a similar contest format to teams of four. The results likely won’t be announced for a few weeks. 

In addition, Desert Ridge will participate in National Assessment & Testing’s final contest of the year in April, the 2013 Collaborative Problem-Solving Contest, on which the entire school can collaborate for one week, doing research or applying technology as they wish.

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