Buchholz math team tries to win 6th state championship
By Taylor Dixon
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.
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.
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.
group has great character, great work ethic," he added, sporting the
school's colors in a black-and-gold math team T-shirt.
from hundreds of team trophies, the team members have won numerous
awards as individuals and have been accepted into top-ranked
universities, Frazer said.
after a few stressful months of college applications, the group is
putting their focus into its fourth state competition together.
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.
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.
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
spending 10 hours hosting car washes and bake sales, the team spends
those 10 hours studying, which Frazer believes pays off more in the
"To me, the best fundraiser is winning," Frazer said.
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