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Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) holds its first High School Math Invitational

On Friday, February 27, NICC held its first Math Invitational with some of the area high schools and it was a great success!  Students from 5 high schools participated in team and individual math competitions.  The schools represented included Macy, Santee, Walthill, Winnebago, and Bancroft-Rosalie.  The event was also sponsored in part by the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s SEPA program and they provided the trophies for the winners as well as a lunch for all the participants. 

Dr. Maurice Godfrey from UNMC gave a brief presentation and spoke about the growth of the medical field and the need for Native American students to be a part of that growth.  He also shared information about opportunities at UNMC.  Other presentations included Cindy Krafka, Native American Outreach Coordinator at UNO who also spoke about the importance of Native students taking an active part in the science and math fields; and Dr. Mark Griep from UNL Chemistry Department, who spoke about the holistic view of research. He also shared a display painting by one of his students that represented science in the Circle of Life format. 

In the team math competition, the Bancroft-Rosalie High School team took First Place and the Santee High School team took Second Place.  In the individual competition there were 6 places and are as follows: 1st-Suzanne Ras, 2nd-Aaron Ras, 3rd-Hannah Flock, 4th Kylita Gomez, 5th-Cameron Freemont (all from Bancroft-Rosalie), and 6th-Michael Snake, Winnebago.

Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who participated in the Math Invitational!  NICC hopes to do more of these in the future with more participation from area high schools and thanks everyone who came to compete and those who helped make the event a success.  

Bancroft-Rosalie High School Math Invitational team; first place. 











Santee High School, 2nd place in team competition