A confident team of 11 math students from South Whidbey High School who call themselves the Nerdy Birdies descended on the campus of Central Washington University on Saturday for the Annual Washington State Math Council High School Math Contest.
Over 80 teams from across the state competed in two categories: team problems and topical problems. Team problems simulates a complex real world problem, while the topical problems require specific skills from diverse areas, including algebra, geometry, probability and precalculus.
The Nerdy Birdies, 11 students in all and divided into four separate teams, lived up to their name.
The Nerdy Birdies’ highest placing team included Fiona Callahan, Grace Callahan and Owen Boram, who placed first in both categories. Also placing second in both categories were Sean Miles, Liam Twomey and Sam Baesler.
Another Nerdy Birdies team, Kari Hustad and Andrew Baesler, was just one point away from placing third in the two categories.
It was a bittersweet end for four senior members of the team — Fiona Callahan, Amelia Hensler, Liam Twomey and Kari Hustad — who will graduate this spring. The four students founded the Nerdy Birdies seven years ago.