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Community college math competition challenges high school students

Attention, Anne Arundel County schools math whizzes: Meet Sammy the owl. Sammy is a fictitious character that runs a pole measuring business. His wings are injured, so he can't fly to the top of the pole, which has a rope tied to the top. The rope is 3 feet longer than the pole, and when the rope is pulled taut, Sammy is 5 feet from the base of the pole. How tall in feet is the pole? That query is among the brain-teasing word problems on tests county students tackle in Anne Arundel Community College's annual High School Mathematics Competition. The five-part competition runs through much of the school year and gives students with a passion for all things numbers an opportunity...