Sabine students turn up heat on math, science


With eight Math/Science meets already under their belts this year, Sabine High School’s academics competitors are hosting their own today at the school.

“The kids have done very well,” Math team coach Keith Taylor says. “We continue to break school records.”

The students have a series of consecutive wins behind them: with about 25 youths participating, they haven’t been beaten at a meet in two years.

“And we have all of our big meets coming up in the four to eight weeks,” Taylor added. In particular, “We go back to San Antonio during Spring Break to try and defend our Texas Math & Science Coaches Association State Sweepstakes title along with several individual championships.

“Then, the following week we have our district meet where we begin our pursuit of more state championships.”

If successful, the coming months would mark the high schoolers third Calculator team championship in a row as well as their second consecutive Math title. They’re pushing for a first state championship in Number Sense.

“The kids have just done fantastic,” Taylor praised, with individual wins at regionals and state contest in recent months and years in addition to team awards. “A lot of people don’t understand the magnitude of what they’re accomplishing.

“I find it very interesting and encouraging that on many Saturdays between October 21 and May 5, so many high school kids give up their Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. until about 3 p.m. to go and take Math and Science tests. Amazing to me.”

Sometimes, yes, students benefit financially from the results through scholarships. The main benefit, Taylor said, is the visible increase in their confidence.

“It’s how much more prepared as individuals they are to face the rigors of college and the rigors of life.”