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Math News: AcaDec Winners, Calc Exams, Bridge Compeition

ACADEMIC DECATHLON PERFORMS WELL AT REGIONALS! 
The 2016 New Mexico Regional Academic Decathlon concluded on February 10th. Part of the largest nationwide academic competition among high schools, the competition prepares students in 10 subject areas including art, music, literature, history, economics, math, science, essay writing, speech and personal interview. The focus area for the 2015-2016 academic year is the country of India, from its colonial period to the modern era where its population of one billion and struggle to become a first-world country affect all people across the globe. The history and economics subject areas focus on modern India; the art, music, and literature categories feature works from ancient through present-day Indian artists and composers and the novel Nectar in a Sieve; and the science section focuses on environmental biology.

At the Regional Competition for New Mexico sincechools, only the seven objective subject-area tests were taken by all students.  The list of individual honors follows:

HONORS  DIVISION 

Natasha Dark: Gold Medal in Science, Bronze Medal in Music, Bronze Medal in Literature
Joseph Baca: Gold Medal in Math, Silver Medal in Music, Bronze Medal in Science
Alex Sais: Gold Medal in Music, Silver Medal in Math, Silver Medal in Art, Gold Medal in Economics, Silver Medal in Literature
Andy Sinclair: Silver Medal in Science, Bronze Medal in Art, Bronze Medal in Economics, Bronze Medal in Music

SCHOLASTIC  DIVISION 

Matthew Torres: 
Gold Medal in Math, Gold Medal in Economics, Gold Medal in Art, Silver Medal in Science, Silver Medal in Literature, Bronze Medal in Music
Sam Apodaca: Gold Medal in Science, Gold Medal in Art, Gold Medal in Music, Silver Medal in math, Bronze Medal in Economics
Marek Listy: Gold Medal in Science, Silver Medal in History, Silver Medal in Art, Bronze Medal in Math, Bronze Medal in Economics
Marena Trujillo: Silver Medal in Math, Bronze Medal in Science, Bronze Medal in Economics, Bronze Medal in Art

VARSITY  DIVISION

Haydn Jones:
Gold Medal in Math, Gold Medal in Science, Gold Medal in Economics, Silver Medal in Art, Bronze Medal in Literature
Amy Moore: Silver Medal in Science, Silver Medal in Economics, Silver Medal in Math, Silver Medal in Music
Jordan Wylie: Gold Medal in Literature, Silver Medal in History, Bronze Medal in Science, Bronze Medal in Art
Aaron Plant: Bronze Medal in Math, Bronze Medal in Economics

Congratulations to Matthew Torres, Sam Apodaca, and Marek Listy for placing first, second, and third in overall score in the state!

The Saint Pius X Team will advance to the New Mexico State Championship ranked #1. The team anticipates competing in the State Essay Competition on February 29, and the main competition date for all objective tests for the State Championship will be March 12. Good luck at State!

AP  CALCULUS  EXAMINATIONS  IN  MAY
The College Board AP Calculus program is designed to allow students to have access to upper-level mathematics in high school and gain college credit for Calculus I, Calculus II, or both.  The Calculus AB curriculum is designed to be a complete Calculus I course, and the Calculus BC curriculum is designed to be a complete course for both Calculus I and Calculus II.  As with most AP courses, near the end of the spring semester students take a national examination to determine whether or not they understand the college-level material well enough to earn college credit.

This year, both the AP Calculus AB exam and the AP Calculus BC exam are scheduled for Thursday, May 5, at 8:00am in the SPX Library.  Students should bring #2 pencils and a graphing calculator to this examination and are expected to arrive at the SPX Library by 7:45am the day of the exam.  Both of these courses at Saint Pius X should be finished with new material around early March, and the following five to six weeks will be devoted to reviewing for the AP Calculus examinations to help students become more used to the types of questions asked by the College Board and the way these questions are phrased.

SPX BRIDGE COMPETITION 2016
Parents and students:  Mr. Larry Sanchez is organizing the 10th Annual Bridge Competition and Engineering Fair for the end of the 2016 spring semester.  If you are new to Saint Pius X, this exciting competition pits scholars of all grades against each other in a contest to build the lightest bridge out of balsa wood and glue that can hold 50 pounds of weight for at least three seconds.  The current record is a bridge that weighed 51 grams, built for the 2014 competition.  Last year Ethan Darwin (Class of 2017) was on the brink of a new record when his bridge collapsed during the third second of the three-second count!  Ethan will no doubt be going for the all-time record again this year.  

The competition will be held on the Saint Pius X campus on May 20, 2016.  More information will be coming in future Parent Links.  See you there, or be a square! 

 

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