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Third-grade math whiz wins honors

Karina Anderson wins first place at Sacramento Regional District Playoffs
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Karina Andersen, a third-grader at Rocklin Academy, won first place in her division at the Sacramento Regional District Playoff hosted by Sacramento Math Contests (SACMATH) and Mathleague.org on Saturday. Andersen claimed the first place trophy by earning the highest scores among third graders competing in the regional contest. The third-grader, along with five other Rocklin Academy students, qualified for the event based on scores earned in previous contests. The top four students in each grade level at the District Playoff will advance to state finals on May 19. The “Rocklin Academy Numerators” team of Charley Holmes, Hridayesh Joshi, Rebecca Jenkins, and Kristen Smyth won a medal for the fourth-highest team score. The “Rocklin Academy Infinities” team of Karina Andersen and Shria Narayanan finished sixth. “Congratulations to these students,” said Rocklin Superintendent David Patterson. “It is wonderful to see the excitement our students have as they excel in math and represent Rocklin Academy at these competitions.” Authorized under the Charter School Act of 1992 and chartered by the Rocklin Unified School District, Rocklin Academy Turnstone and Meyers campuses are tuition-free public elementary schools open to all students. Rocklin Academy is the first public school in the greater Sacramento area to offer the nationally recognized Core Knowledge curriculum. The Meyers campus also offers families a full-day Kindergarten program. In August 2009, the founders of the Rocklin Academy family of charter schools opened Western Sierra Collegiate Academy in Rocklin, offering college preparatory classes open to all students. Western Sierra is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and currently serves students in seventh through 11th grades and will expand to 12th grade in 2012.