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Buchholz math team tries to win 6th state championship

 

By Taylor Dixon

Correspondent

Published: Friday, April 16, 2010

 

The Buchholz High math team aims for a sixth straight state championship in Orlando this weekend.

Buchholz's top math students took to the road Thursday afternoon to compete in the Florida Association of Mu Alpha Theta state convention and attempt to match the record for number of state math titles.

Of the 47 Bobcat students who will compete today and Saturday, there are 10 seniors who have won each state and national competition in which they have participated.

"I would say that this is the best senior class we've ever had - from multiple perspectives, not only accomplishments," said Will Frazer, Buchholz math teacher and team coach.

"This group has great character, great work ethic," he added, sporting the school's colors in a black-and-gold math team T-shirt.

Aside from hundreds of team trophies, the team members have won numerous awards as individuals and have been accepted into top-ranked universities, Frazer said.

But after a few stressful months of college applications, the group is putting their focus into its fourth state competition together.

"It's not much different, but it's special," senior Mariya Toneva, 18, said, explaining that this last competition is closure after the past three years of hard work.

Teammate Daniel Steffee, 18, added the team plans to finish what it started.

Lucy Zhong, 18, one of the winners of the Seimens Awards for Advanced Placement, chimed in, agreeing that the team wants to "finish strong because everyone is watching us."

Buchholz hosted two math competitions this year to help raise money to cover their expenses, and principal Vince Perez supports the team with state money given to the school for Advanced Placement, Frazer said.

In fact, the Seimens Award for Advanced Placement was awarded to two of the seniors who have been taking AP exams since eighth grade. Zhong, as well as James Tan, 18, received $2,000 for their outstanding test scores.

Instead of spending 10 hours hosting car washes and bake sales, the team spends those 10 hours studying, which Frazer believes pays off more in the long run.

"To me, the best fundraiser is winning," Frazer said.


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