On Nov. 13, Smith-Cotton High math teacher Ashley Beard took four female students to the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg for its annual Sonia Kovalevsky Day to learn about women in STEM fields.

The students - sophomore Kylie Neal and juniors Hunter Sparks, Brittany Bobbitt and Lillian Wagenknecht - attended sessions including Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble (using geometry), Puzzling Pascal, Sonia's Great Escape and Practicing Cyber Security at Home.
Neal and Sparks teamed up to take second place in a a problem-solving competition for high school students.

In the photo: Smith-Cotton sophomore Kylie Neal, left, and junior Hunter Sparks took second place in a problem-solving competition for high school students as part of Sonia Kovalevsky Day at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.