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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Mt. Spokane math team finishes in 19th place in national contest

 (The Spokesman-Review)
Staff writer

Mt. Spokane High School has some of the best mathematicians in the country. The school placed 19th in the country in the 2004 Ciphering Time Trials, a national math contest administered by National Assessment and Testing.

Students competed in 10 rounds in which they had three minutes to solve three problems. The problems in each round covered a range of topics and difficulties.

Results from students across the country were double-checked, and T.J. Houk, a junior, had the highest score at the school.

Mt. Spokane High School will participate in the National Assessment and Testing’s next contest, the Four-by-Four Competition, a team event, on Feb. 3.

G-Prep student a Coca-Cola Scholars semifinalist

Amanda Hartly, a senior at Gonzaga Prep, has been selected from more than 1,000 applicants nationwide as a semifinalist for the 2004-05 Coca-Cola Scholars Program.

Hartly is among 2,600 seniors in the running for $1.8 million in college scholarships that the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will award this spring. Students are selected to advance to this next phase based on academic excellence, leadership and achievement demonstrated in school and community activities.

As a semifinalist, students must submit additional information that will be reviewed in February by a committee composed of 30 educators from high schools and universities throughout the United States.

If she advances, Hartly will be among 250 finalists who will travel to Atlanta April 14-17, to attend the Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend. During their visit they will attend a final interview process that will determine whether they are designated as either a National or Regional Scholar.

The 50 National Scholars will each receive a $20,000 scholarship award, while the 200 Regional Scholars will each receive a $4,000 scholarship.