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March 27, 2020 – Recent events have clearly presented a huge challenge and disruption of normal activities to the entire Nevada County Community. One of the impacts was to the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools’ STEAM Expo, in which students from 1st grade through high school would have had a chance to exhibit their works in multiple areas, including math.

Fortunately, one of the elements of the math competition, TechTest Jr., was held prior to when the ban on public gatherings was implemented. TechTest Jr. is an individual math competition and was held at four local technology companies in late February. The winners are usually announced at the STEAM Expo. However, with the cancellation of STEAM Expo, the winners are being announced here.

There are two versions of the test; one is for 5th and 6th graders and the other is for 7th and 8th graders. Awards are given to the top five finishers in each grade. In addition, the top 5 finishers in each division (5th/6th and 7th/8th) are also recognized, with the top three of each division selecting a STEM-related prize, such as a robot, quadcopter, single-board computer, etc…

There were 16 schools that participated this year, and the winners represented 11 different schools. The winners for the 2020 competition are:

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2020 TechTest Jr. Top Finishers (5th/6th):


















GradeNamePlaceSchool
Grade

5th:David Ban1st
Williams Ranch5


Zane Chambers2nd
Yuba River Charter5


Audrey Hayes3rd
Williams Ranch5


Charlie Smith4th
Alta Sierra5


Corbin Brose5th
Mount St. Mary’s5


Kaylee Mower5th
Forest Charter5













6th:Dane Torgerson1st
Magnolia6


Spencer Thauberger2nd
Mount St. Mary’s6


Kjell Sanders3rd
Arete Charter6


Thomas Billingsley4th
Mount St. Mary’s6


Lev Weisswasser5th
Seven Hills6





















Overall:Dane Torgerson1st
Magnolia6


Spencer Thauberger2nd
Mount St. Mary’s6


Kjell Sanders3rd
Arete Charter6


Thomas Billingsley4th
Mount St. Mary’s6


Lev Weisswasser5th
Seven Hills6
























2020 TechTest Jr. Top Finishers (7th/8th):


















GradeNamePlaceSchool
Grade

7th:Ashley Lattyak1st
Union Hill7


Dylan Finkler2nd
Yuba River Charter7


James Thornley3rd
Magnolia7


Noah Ross4th
Union Hill7


Sage Wang5th
NCSOTA7













8th:Carlie Harwood1st
Magnolia8


Colin Teckam2nd
Ready Springs8


Jasper Franklin-Follansbee3rd
Yuba River Charter8


Landon Valdez4th
NCSOTA8


Trevor Buti5th
Mount St. Mary’s8


Aria Conte5th
NCSOTA8













Overall:Carlie Harwood1st
Magnolia8


Ashley Lattyak2nd
Union Hill7


Colin Teckam3rd
Ready Springs8


Jasper Franklin-Follansbee4th
Yuba River Charter8


Dylan Finkler5th
Yuba River Charter7

Congratulations to all of the winners and a big thank you to all of those students that participated. Thank you also to our hosts and sponsors – Telestream, AJA Video Systems, Nevada County Tech Connection and Grass Valley, a Belden Brand and to Dave Pistone for coordinating these events for our local students!