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Cape High Math Team competes well at states

By Staff | Apr 29, 2009

The Cape Coral High School Math Team recently returned from the Mu Alpha Theta State Mathematics Competition in Orlando, where local students outperformed many others from across the state.
According to James Propert, math teacher and team advisor, Cape High is becoming one of the most elite math schools in the state. Since 2007 the school jumped from 26th place to 18th this year.
“It was one of the best states we’ve had in years,” he said.
Propert said this year’s competition was the first time Cape High received a team award since 1995.
“We have had a lot of individual awards, but getting a team award is tough,” he said.
In the competition students are tested on a number of subjects, including algebra, geometry, statistics and calculus.
Cape High’s calculus team ranked ninth out of 51 other schools. The team included Kyle Ramey, Alini Ciornii, Esteban Gonzalez and Renzo Angulo.
Ramey individually earned second place in BC calculus — considered one of the hardest tests at the competition — as well as fifth in the individual calculus test out of 430 students, and sixth in the Sequence and Series test.
“It was like the Kyle Ramey show,” said Propert. “It couldn’t have gone better.”
Ramey will compete in the national competition in Knoxville, Tenn., starting July 19.
Three of the students — Ciornii, Joe Levesque and Kevin Wells — missed a state trophy by one place, but helped the school’s ranking climb by five places.
The top 10 finishers received a trophy, on display at the school.