Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Idaho Virtual Academy Class Wins Idaho Math Cup

Lisa Frost’s math class at Idaho Virtual Academy has won the second annual Idaho Math Cup, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna announced today.

“I am so proud of the students at Idaho Virtual Academy and all students who participated in the Idaho Math Cup this year. Through the Idaho Math Initiative, we are seeing more and more students solving complex math problems and raising their academic achievement in math every year,” Superintendent Luna said.

The Idaho Math Cup is a math contest sponsored by Apangea Learning, a web-based supplemental math instruction program that is part of the Idaho Math Initiative.  As part of the statewide Math Initiative, Apangea provides additional assistance to students who struggle in math as well as advanced opportunities to those students who excel.

During the Idaho Math Cup contest, students across Idaho competed with one another to see who could solve the most complex math problems over Apangea during a four-week period.  Students statewide spent more than 23,000 hours in class and at home in the evenings and on the weekends solving complex math problems during the competition.

The 18 students in Lisa Frost’s class at Idaho Virtual Academy took home the Idaho Math Cup in the end.  They spent 633 hours solving more than 3,000 math problems. The class had a 93 percent pass rate on the math problems they tackled during the competition.

Because of their hard work, Frost and each student in her class will receive a Family Activity Pack, which includes gift cards for dinner and a movie.  Dustin Theile, a student in Frost’s class, also was awarded the Class MVP for completing and passing nearly 200 sections of math content during the four-week period.  He will receive a Nintendo Wii gaming system.

Superintendent Luna hands out awards to Lisa Frost's class at Idaho Virtual Academy.

In addition to Frost’s class, seven other students across Idaho have been awarded their choice of an iPod Touch, $200 gift card or a Nintendo Wii for their achievements during the Idaho Math Cup.  Here is the list of the Regional Champions in the Idaho Math Cup:
  • Spencer Hunt, Webster Elementary School, Lewiston
  • Abby Rusner, Wendell Middle School, Wendell
  • Tammay Shetye, White Pine Elementary School, Boise
  • Kaci Fields, Mountain View Middle School, Blackfoot
  • Allison Duffin, Canfield Middle School, Coeur d’Alene
  • Adam Ping, Franklin Middle School, Pocatello
  • Brittany Grigg, Hawthorne Middle School, Pocatello
~ Melissa M.


  1. Mr. Keiser's 6th Grade class from White Pine Elementary in Boise won this contest the last time and it was very close to winning this contest this year as well.

  2. I remember the Math Cup. It got pretty tough near the end, but I strove to solve every problem I possibly could. And by the way, I still have my Wii! :D