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CBHS Math Cup Fundraiser Equals Success!

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CBHS Math Cup Fundraiser Equals Success!
Posted on 04/02/2021
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For a lot of schools, holding community fundraising events during a global pandemic just doesn't add up. But Casco Bay High School (CBHS) figured out how to hold its anticipated annual Math Cup competition between students and business leaders – virtually.

On March 31, student teams from CBHS went head-to-head via Zoom with “mathletes” from various Portland businesses in a night of friendly math competition, solving everything from linear to quadratic equations.

“Congratulations to ‘Rams on the Rise,’ a cohort of Deering alum STEMsters (led by Mr. Leque's student intern Mr. Roche), for winning this year's Math Cup,” said CBHS Principal Derek Pierce. “They just edged out the seniors' Game Night Champions, ‘Quaranteam,’ for the win. Thanks to the 16 student, corporate, university and community teams that participated, raising thousands of dollars for CBHS STEM in the process.”

Pierce also thanked “lead parent organizers Susan Lieberman and Corene Wickenheiser for orchestrating the event, and our fabulous math faculty for catalyzing our 60 plus mathletes to grapple with (and celebrate) some true March Mathness!”

Other math events at CBHS during March included students competing in a competition to see who could recite Pi to the farthest decimal point, and advisory groups created math-inspired art from tessellations to Islamic designs, Pierce said. The Math Cup marked the culmination of the school's monthly celebration of math.

"The Math Cup is the perfect way for us to again culminate ‘March Mathness’ at CBHS,” Pierce said. “We are so grateful to the STEM professionals who help underscore the importance – and fun – of math in the real world through their participation. It's also a great event to celebrate and challenge our school’s most avid mathletes.”

Sponsoring businesses and organizations included Acorn Engineering, Bangor Savings Bank, Ed Durani and Ellen Mahoney, Compton Properties, Crunch Consulting, EnviroLogix, Gorham Savings Bank, Kepware Technologies, Revision Energy, Texas Instruments, and the University of New England. Some sponsored student teams, and others sponsored a team of participants from their company willing to test their math skills against CBHS students.

The event raised funds from participating businesses for CBHS math and science programs.

The Portland Public Schools is Maine’s largest school district, with 6,500 students, and is also the most diverse. About one-third of the district’s students come from homes where languages other than English are spoken—a total of more than 60 languages. 52 percent of the district’s students are white and 48 percent are students of color. Approximately half of PPS students qualify for free or reduced school meals.