Westside schools:
Holmes, West math students add to successes

       Holmes and West middle school math students have been gathering competitive honors of late.
       Below are results from three recent events.
  • District 11 middle school math competition Feb. 9:
           West - Its teams took first place in both the sixth-grade and the seventh grade double accelerated categories, and in the seventh-grade accelerated and regular categories.
           Holmes - Kristen Hernandez took first place for eighth-graders. Also placing in that grade level were Cheyanne Toler in 9th and Daiszha Cooley in 10th. Michael Swanson was second for sixth-graders.
           Holmes' teams placed second in eighth-grade double accelerated, fourth in eighth-grade advanced, third in seventh-grade regular and second in sixth-grade double accelerated.
  • MATHCOUNTS Feb. 6 (middle school regionals - the top two teams and top 12 individuals go to state competition in March):
           Holmes - The school won the regional competition for the second year in a row (last year's individual champion, Sylvia Hayes, is now a freshman at Coronado High School). All four of this year's team members placed in the individual top 12 (Kyle Allison, Derek Gorthy, Kristen Hernandez and Adam Hayes- Lemmon).
           West - The school placed fourth overall. Jacob Carson and Miles Christian were among the top 12 individuals.
  • University of Northern Colorado math competition (grades 7-12) Jan. 30:
           Holmes - Nine students made the finals (Kaitlyn Enright, Chandler Fulks, Ellie Kuykendall, Rachael Tindal, Kyle Allison, Derek Gorthy, Peter Dumitru, Kristen Hernandez and David Hughes).
           West - Four students made the finals (Barbara Kania, Jacob Carson, Aaron Medellin and Lauren Wilfong).
           In making the finals, the students were among 263 statewide (from 1,541 students in all) who had answered math questions in a first round earlier this year. The results of the finals will not be known for several weeks, according to West math teacher Phillip Hutcherson.
           In separate interviews, Hutcherson and Holmes math teacher Brenda Vandersluis said they meet with their students weekly, outside of the regular math classes.
           Hutcherson is pleased at the interest he's unearthed, with 50 students (out of an enrollment of 297) who wanted to enter the District 11 competition. Vandersluis described her students as “just great all-around kids” who are also involved in sports and music.
           On March 2, students from Coronado High School will be interviewing World War II Veterans at Wynwood of Colorado Springs Assisted Living Community, 2780 Vickers Drive.
           Any World War II veterans interested in being included in these interviews may contact Jill Haffley at 328-3740.
           According to a press release, “The Veterans History Project is designed to honor American war veterans, and civilian workers who supported them, by preserving stories of their service to our country. Honors U.S. History students are directly involved, as they will be interviewing World War II veterans and those civilian workers who supported them. The students will be working in groups and will be given information packets that include all directions and interview questions. The final product will be a student-produced video, which will ultimately be sent to the Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.”
           More information on the Veterans History Project can be found at www.loc.gov/ vets.

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