Calhoun High School students win big at UHV/VC math, computer science event

Roger Wang, a senior at Calhoun High School in Port Lavaca, won first place overall in the computer science contest at the UHV/VC Math and Computer Science Awareness Day on Thursday

Two Calhoun High School students won the top prizes and scholarships Thursday at the University of Houston-Victoria/The Victoria College Math and Computer Science Awareness Day contests.

Senior Roger Wang won first place overall in the math contest while junior Tracy Lu won in the computer science contest. Both students will receive a $500 scholarship to Victoria College and a $2,000 scholarship to UHV. Last year, Lu took top honors in both categories.

Tracy Lu, a Junior at Calhoun High School, won first place overall in the math contest at the UHV/VC Math and Computer Science Awareness Day

Students at the event took written math and computer science tests that were scored in teams and individually.

The approximately 50 contestants, along with other students who participated in the event, attended seminars with topics including computer graphics and robot building. They also had a pizza party and listened to guest speaker Sarah McKenna, chief meteorologist at local television station KAVU. This year’s theme was “Mathematics and Climate.”

The event was sponsored by UHV, VC and Alcoa Foundation.

The other winners were:




Team Awards

Emily Wagner, a student at St. Paul High School in Shiner, guides a tennis ball with a robot she built at the UHV/VC Math and Computer Science Awareness Day

First – Daniel Liaou, Grace Gee, Tracy Lu and Sean Den of Calhoun High School

Second – Jennifer Den, Cathy Cheng, Jennifer Hsu and Roger Wang of Calhoun High school. Third – Nicholas Salyers, Yen-Jeng Tseng, Megan Woodring and Dylan Baros of Industrial High School

Individual Awards

Freshman – First, Nicholas Salyers, Industrial; second, Daniel Liaou, Calhoun; third, Jennifer Den, Calhoun

Sophomore – First, Stephanie Kasper, St. Joseph; second, Grace Gee, Calhoun; third, Kenna Rohan, Austwell-Tivoli

Junior – First, Tracy Lu, Calhoun; second, Jennifer Hsu, Calhoun; third, Megan Woodring, Industrial

Senior – First, Roger Wang, Calhoun; second, Nolan Oldham, Palacios; third, Sean Den, Calhoun

Individual Overall Winners

First – Roger Wang, Calhoun

Second – Tracy Lu, Calhoun

Third – Jennifer Hsu, Calhoun

Fourth – Nolan Oldham, Palacios

Fifth – Sean Den, Calhoun

Sixth – Abby Jansen, St. Joseph



Team Awards

First – Tracy Lu, Roger Wang, Brian Salyer, Joe Huang of Calhoun High School

Second – Brittney Xu, Michael Li, Grace Lee and Chung-Yu Yen of Calhoun High School

Third - Nolan Oldham, Adrian Galvan, Elizabeth Castanon and Johnny Vu of Palacios High School

Individual Overall Winners

First – Tracy Lu, Calhoun

Second – Joe Huang, Calhoun

Third – Brittney Xu, Calhoun

Fourth – Brian Salyer, Calhoun

Fifth – Grace Lee, Calhoun

Sixth – Chung-Yu Yen, Calhoun

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973, offers courses leading to 70 bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as a teaching center in Katy, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All Initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student popular, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

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