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9th grade math wizards ready to pummel adult competition


KTVN’s Mike Alger takes on high school math wizards in fundraising competition.

On Thursday October 23, at McQueen High School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., a few brave local professionals step up to see if they are smarter than high school math wizards and help raise money to send area youth to math competitions.

Channel 2 News Meteorologist Mike Alger, University of Nevada Economics Professor Mark Pingle, former mayor candidate and entrepreneur Robert Avery, land use planner John Krmpotic, ACE Charter school math teacher Bret Scoggin, and Professional Engineer and Senior Consultant at Global Risk Consultant Amanda Norris, will compete in the first math competition fundraiser for Northern Nevada Math Club.

Alyx Sacks of KRNV Channel 4 will be the moderator. Cheri Hill, of Sage International, will be one of the judges.

Northern Nevada Math Club (NNVMath) formed this year to help raise funds to send Reno area students to state and national math competitions.

“There are so many careers where math really counts, and these six people, from six different careers, are perfect examples of that,” said Sherry Griffin, founder of NNVMath.

“This will be a fun competition showcasing every day math that is used the work place, and will show these students how important math is to so many careers. We also hope to encourage more students to come join the club,” Griffin concluded.

The students participating will be from Bishop Manogue High School, Coral Academy of Science, Davidson Academy of Nevada, and Wooster High School’s International Baccalaureate studies.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Student tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at www.NNVMath.org.

Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.