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Robinson High students win honors in math competition

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They are being rewarded for designing a solution to a real world problem. For the second time in three years, students from Robinson High School finished in the top 10 in a unique math competition. Their problem solving is "What's Right with Tampa Bay."

The students spent a lot of their time banding together to find an alternative to get rid of landfill waste.

"Our model took into account the size both in population and area of any city that we cared to input." said Anna Yannakopoulos.

There were more than 1,000 entries, and the team from Robinson came in 4th place in "Moody's Mega Math Challenge," a unique problem-solving competition that uses math as a way of solving real world issues.

"It was good to figure how to learn to work on a team properly," Anna said. "I think it was a lot of writing experience that we gained expressing things properly."

The teams were given 14 hours to design a model and write a paper to solve the issue of recycling solid waste.

"Something that's new and exciting, and it really shows you how much academics and just math can really take you." said student Chris Sipes.

Robinson Math Coach Nina Kimbrough has been working with the team for two years. She says the time and effort these students put in paid off.

" We put together two teams of kids and we try and pick a blend," said Nina. "Kids who have really strong mathematical abilities, good writing abilities, good organization abilities, good technical program abilities."

Abilities that they will be able to use in the future to help them succeed in life.

The kids went to New York City and won more than $7,000 in scholarship money.

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