If you live in University Place, you likely know about the strong tradition of winning championships at Curtis High School. The Vikings are regular winners of league, district and sometimes even state titles. Many of these championships are won by teams or individual athletes, but Curtis High School’s champions extend well beyond the athletics arena. Because the U.P. community generously and enthusiastically supports a wide variety of activities, our students are able to pursue excellence in many different ways. In turn, Curtis High School produces all kinds of champions.
One of our most recent championships was claimed by a team of eleven students who compose the CHS Math Team. On April 22, six of these scholars worked their way to a first place finish in the team project portion of the State High School Math Contest put on by the Washington State Mathematics Council (WSMC). This is familiar territory for our math team. The Vikings have taken first place for four of the last five years in the team project and have a long record of success dating back more than a decade. Led by advisor Jan Levenseller, a long-time math teacher at CHS, the math team consistently places amongst the top schools in the state in the WSMC math competition.
Students won the math competition by creating a five-stop interactive “math trail” at Chambers Creek Regional Park. Each stop involves several different math skills and concepts that are learned between the 8th and 11th grades. A total of 20 math questions connect to the trail stops and include topics such as geometry, algebra, probability and statistics. The lock bridge, dog park, play structure and golf course are all part of the trail. Other teams developed different “math trails”, but WSMC judges rated the work of CHS mathematicians as the best. Their success is a reminder that champions come in all forms and demonstrate their talents in a variety of pursuits.
Similar accomplishments are earned all across our school district. We have champion musicians who compete to be the best at their craft. This year, CHS band and orchestra students brought home trophies from the Mt. Hood Orchestra Festival and the Heritage Inaugural Music Festival in Washington, D.C. We also have championship performers on stage in our theater arts program. Recent productions of Into the Woods and Schoolhouse Rocks exemplify the great talent and hard work of championship actors and actresses. Students engaged in NJROTC, Science Olympiad, Vocal Music and other pursuits also made great strides this year. Most importantly, Curtis produces championship citizens who are kind and generous people, and who work to support others in their community. These Curtis champions completed over 30,000 volunteer service hours in our community last year alone.
Like all champions, students engaged in music, academics, service and other activities demonstrate excellence by dedicating themselves to a common objective, making strong commitments to effort and learning and by pushing themselves to be their very best. Our community makes this possible by stepping up to fund the many opportunities provided to our kids.
If you would like to learn more about the Curtis High School Math Team project, visit chsmathtrail2017.wordpress.com/ or download the “CHS Math Trail 2017” app from the Google play store and use it as you walk the trail. Our technology champions built both the website and the application. We hope to see you on the trail at Chambers Bay this summer.