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BHS junior qualifies as a candidate for the All State Math Team

Burnsville High School junior Ralston Yiu has qualified as a candidate for the All State Math Team. The Minnesota State High School Mathematics League has selected Ralston to compete for one of the remaining spots on the All State Math Team.

There are 60 spots overall for the team, with 23 spots left to fill. Ralston plans to attend training and secure one of those spots so that he can compete in the American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) competition at the University of Iowa on May 29-30.

Ralston is no stranger to the world of math competition. As a student at Hidden Valley Elementary in Savage, Ralston competed in Math Masters. In junior high, he was involved with the Math League, and, as a ninth-grader, Ralston was enrolled in AP Calculus BC – normally an accelerated class for 12th-grade honors math students or double-accelerated 11th-graders. In addition, Ralston received the highest possible score on his AP exam.

Ralston continued his involvement with Math League in high school, spurred on by math teacher Chuck Croatt.

"It's quite an honor for the coach of the All State Math Team to seek out Ralston," said Croatt.  "I also worked with Ralston in Math League, where he was on the Scoring Team (one of the top eight students from BHS) for three straight years, until his schedule did not allow him to participate any more. It will be an invaluable experience for him to work with other high-level mathematical thinkers!"

Currently, Ralston is enrolled at the University of Minnesota as a PSEO student. The Post-Secondary Options Act (PSEO) enables qualified 11th and 12th grade public school students to enroll in nonsectarian courses or programs in eligible post-secondary institutions.

Upon graduation, Ralston plans on attending the University of Minnesota for his undergraduate degree in computer science.

Posted: Monday, April 27, 2015 - 10:57