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6 In A Row For Latexo


By Alton Porter
Courier Reporter

For the sixth year in a row, Latexo High School's (LHS math team is champion of both high school state-level competitions in the field. The Latexo team won the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Class 2A state competition in math on the University of Texas campus in Austin on April 21-22. In addition, the team placed first in the Texas Math and Science Coaches Association (TMSCA) Class 2A state high school math competition on March 18. This year's two wins are the most recent in six consecutive years of top finishes for the Latexo team. Members of the winning Latexo math team are Charles Rothrock, a senior student; Sonny Townsend, a junior; Phoebe Zheng, a junior and foreign exchange student from China; and Camryn Craven, a sophomore. Kase Miller, a sophomore, traveled to Austin with the team as an alternate member. Audrey Cravens, team coach and LHS math teacher, said the scores of the three highest placing members on each team are used to compute a team's overall score. The scores of Rothrock, Craven and Townsend were used to tabulate the winning score for the Latexo team. In the competition, the students sit for a 40-minute, 60-question, multiple- choice test covering the subjects of Algebra, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre- Calculus, Calculus AB and a miscellaneous topic, according to Cravens. She said the Latexo team was among five teams, representing the state's four regions plus a wildcard team, which was the highest-scoring secondplace team from the state's four regional competitions, who competed in the state meet. The Latexo team represented Region 3, District 20, she added. To perform as well as the team did, Cravens said, "It takes a lot of hard work to win state." She continued, "It's going to be real tough next year because we have to train two new students." Cravens explained, she will have to fill two positions on the team since Rothrock, the senior, is graduating and Zheng, the exchange student, is leaving LHS after the close of this school year. Rothrock has been on the school's winning math team all four years that he's been in high school, Townsend all three years that he's been in high school, Craven both years she's been in high school and Zheng for the one year that she's been an LHS student. Zheng came to LHS this year to be in a calculus class, Cravens said, adding, "she (Zheng) ended up doing so good, that we let her on the team."


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