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Seniors Win Trips, Fabulous Prizes in Texas Instruments #SpreadMathLove Contest

spreading math love content winners CHS Computer Science teacher Sarah Putterman and the CHS Marching Band pulled a fast one on senior drumline members Nate Norward and Jeffery Gaskin before practice at the football field on Thursday evening. 

Sending the boys back to the high school to retrieve an item she’d “forgotten,” Putterman arranged for mylar balloons spelling “M-A-T-H” and the marching band to shout “surprise” when the boys returned to inform them they’d been selected from more than 1,000 entries as winners in the Texas Instruments Education Division’s nationwide Spread the Math Love contest honoring “Math Heroes.” Though they thought something was amiss, the boys were definitely surprised, and the Texas Instruments film crew present caught it all on video for a piece they will share in the next few weeks.

As part of their prize, the boys received TI-Innovator Rover and TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator and a trip to Dallas, Texas, with a family member to attend and present at the Teachers Teaching with Technology International Conference in March. Their presentation will focus on how teachers can utilize the rover in their classrooms. 

Putterman nominated the seniors for inspiring her to become a better teacher. While many students nominated their teachers, Putterman’s entry stood out because the teacher nominated her two students, writing, “My motivation is exponentially better because of their energy and curiosity, and they inspire me to bring my best game to teaching every day.”