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Grand Oaks High School Wins Both Team and Individual Titles at Texas 6A UIL 2024 Mathematics State Championship

Dominic Handsborough secures individual title while Grand Oaks team takes top honors


Saturday May 18, 2024 | The Woodlands Student Center Staff


In a remarkable achievement, Grand Oaks High School won both the individual and team titles at the Texas 6A UIL 2024 Mathematics State Championship, with Dominic Handsborough securing the individual championship and the Grand Oaks team, coached by Gilbert Walters, taking the team honors.


Grand Oaks High School celebrated a significant accomplishment on May 14, 2024, as they emerged victorious in the Texas 6A UIL 2024 Mathematics State Championship. The event, held in Austin, Texas, brought together the best mathematical minds from across the state to compete in a challenging environment.


Dominic Handsborough, a standout student from Grand Oaks, secured the individual championship, highlighting his exceptional talent and dedication to mathematics. Dominic's journey to this prestigious title involved years of rigorous preparation, countless hours of study, and a deep passion for mathematics. His ability to solve complex problems with ease and his determination set him apart from his peers.


The Grand Oaks team, coached by Gilbert Walters, also claimed the state team championship, further demonstrating the school's dominance in mathematics. The team included Dominic Handsborough, Ivan Liu, Carson Winter, and Evan Kniffen. Each member brought unique skills and strengths, creating a dynamic and formidable group that excelled in the competition.


The Mathematics Contest, a 40-minute, multiple-choice exam with 60 questions, tested students' knowledge in various mathematical disciplines, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-calculus, AP Calculus (BC), and AP Statistics, along with a few director's choice topics. This comprehensive approach ensured that students were tested on a wide range of mathematical concepts and theories.


Dominic's performance in the contest was extraordinary. His ability to remain calm under pressure, think critically, and apply his knowledge effectively allowed him to excel in each section of the exam. Reflecting on his success, Dominic shared, "I see numbers and a lot of random things. I think God gave me the ability to do this, and I think like I've been able to use it for him."

Dominic shared, "I see numbers and a lot of random things. I think God gave me the ability to do this, and I think like I've been able to use it for him."

Dominic's mother, Shelby Handsborough, provided insight into her son's journey and his love for mathematics. "He has always been a math guy, and we kind of figured it out probably more starting in about 8th or 9th grade," she explained. Shelby recalled how Dominic's passion for mathematics became increasingly apparent as he progressed through school, leading to his academic excellence.

The support and encouragement Dominic received from his family played a crucial role in his success. Shelby noted, "Dominic loves to constantly do math and talk about math." This passion and drive propelled him to the forefront of the mathematical community at Grand Oaks High School.


Dominic has been accepted to Baylor University, where he plans to study Electrical and Computer Engineering and Religion. His dual interests reflect a unique blend of technical expertise and spiritual depth. Dominic's goal is to pursue a career as a pastor or engineer, allowing him to apply his skills and knowledge in meaningful ways.


The success of the Grand Oaks team at the Texas 6A UIL 2024 Mathematics State Championship reflects the school's commitment to academic excellence. The achievements of Dominic and his teammates serve as an inspiration, demonstrating that hard work, dedication, and a passion for learning can lead to extraordinary success.



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