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Runnels Mu Alpha Theta members Marshall Pentes, Connor Porthouse, Carson Badinger, Sam Matthews, Alex Matthews, Evan Beoubay, Reagan Kyle and Austin Stansbury, from left, display the trophies and medals they won at Baton Rouge Magnet High’s March 3 math tournament. Not pictured is Ryan Lam.


The Runnels Mu Alpha Theta math honor society won first-place honors in three events and placed in several others at Baton Rouge Magnet High School’s math tournament on March 3.

The annual meet included more than 160 students competing in two divisions: Division 1 (magnet) and Division 2 (nonmagnet).

In Division 2, eighth-grader Reagan Kyle placed second in Geometry and freshman Marshall Pentes earned an honorable mention in Algebra II. Senior Austin Stansbury placed third in BC Calculus, which included Divisions 1 and 2.

Team events also mixed the two divisions, with Runnels placing first in BC Calculus. Team members were junior Ryan Lam and seniors Alex Matthews, Sam Matthews and Austin. Reagan also placed second in the Algebra I/Geometry team test.

Runnels finished first on the Interschool test, competing in Division 2. All nine Runnels participants competed in the event, including freshmen Carson Badinger, Evan Beoubay and Connor Porthouse.

Runnels also won first in the Sweepstakes for Division 2.

“For the Sweepstakes, each of our students earns points for placing in the individual, team and interschool events. The Sweepstakes winner is the school that earns the most points. We did it with only nine kids,” said Karen Matthews, Runnels junior/senior math and science department head and sponsor of Mu Alpha Theta.