Tracy, Mountain House students show off math skills at UOP

A team from Tracy High School placed second overall as students from eight San Joaquin County schools competed in the sixth annual Avinash Raina Math Competition at University of the Pacific in Stockton.

Harry Dong, a Tracy High student, claimed first place in the in Pre-Calculus category, followed closely by teammate Billy Shaddix in second place. Jason John of Mountain House High School took second place in Algebra II, and Ryan Twisselman of Tracy High placed third in Calculus.

The competition, hosted by the university’s math department and math club on April 11, challenged high school students to demonstrate their knowledge of several branches of mathematics.

Questa, Bethany teams third at Academic Pentathlon

The Red Team from Questa School in Mountain House placed third among 14 teams of seventh-graders at the San Joaquin County Academic Pentathlon on May 2 at East Union High School.

Team members were Bernice Lozada, Chinmayi Mutyala, Andrew Buena, Aditi Sen, Adya Mishra, Krisvinne Anrich, Ewin Mathew, Misa Sajan, Brianna Do and Rosshan Ramesh.

The five-subject competition included tests in essay writing, literature, science, math and social studies, followed by a public Super Quiz.

Almost 350 students in seventh and eighth grades participated in the May 2 event.

The sixth-grade Red Team from Bethany School in Mountain House also placed third on Saturday as sixth-graders from throughout the county competed at Manteca High School.

Team members were Ashley Teele, Adithi Varma, Sakina Muckadam, Annaliese Canafe, Maya Gorman, Tanya Mudunuri, Rhya Judge, Lena Munad and Rachel Kavalakatt.

Sisters earn degrees

Sarah C. Gard, a 2008 West High School graduate, is graduating from California State University, Chico, this spring with a Master of Science degree in psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy.

Brooke T. Gard, a 2011 West High School graduate, is graduating today from San Diego State University’s College of Health and Human Services. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public health.

Their parents are Michael and Julie Gard of Tracy.

West grad earns nutrition degree

Tisha Rae Bartolome, West High School Class of 2010, will receive her bachelor’s degree in nutritional science with a concentration in dietetics from San Jose State University on May 22.

She is employed by Palo Alto Medical Foundation at its HMR Weight Management clinic in Mountain View.

Bartolome is also in her third season with the San Jose SaberCats’ SaberKittens dance team.

She is the daughter of Letty and Esmie Bartolome of Tracy.

Millennium student wins math award

Amy Wise, a junior at Millennium High School, will receive the Outstanding Mathematics Award from Sandia National Laboratories on Wednesday.

Amy was recognized as a standout student by her calculus teacher at Millennium, where she has maintained a 4.0 GPA at Millennium while simultaneously earning straight A’s in her general education classes at San Joaquin Delta College.

She has been accepted to an eight-week student program at Stanford Institute for Medical Research this summer and hopes to attend Stanford University or University of California, Los Angeles. She aspires to work in neurobiology.

Amy lives in Tracy with her parents, Jim and Sonya Wise. Her sister, Sonya “Mimi” Randle-Wise, is a junior chemistry major at University of California, Santa Barbara, where she is on the Dean’s Honor List and is a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She plans to apply to medical school.

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