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Advanced high school math students complete CMC classes in calculus, differential equations

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This year, 11 high school students from Eagle County schools took free, college-level math courses through Colorado Mountain College, preparing them for the leap to higher education this fall. Taking the challenging courses in higher-level calculus and differential equations were, left to right, Collin Jenkins, Evan Fitzcharles, Aiden Branch, Evan Wetzel, Luke Morrissey, Brennecke Gale, Megan Aalto, Alissa Barry, Alexander Bullock. Not pictured are Ashlyn Laidman and Cameron Jarnot.

EDWARDS — In many high schools, calculus is the highest level of mathematics students can take. This year, 11 Eagle County high school students took Calculus III and Differential Equations. These college-level classes were offered through Colorado Mountain College as part of the concurrent enrollment agreement the college has with the Eagle County School District.

CMC Mathematics Professor Stacy Yarnell, who saw the need for higher levels of math for students, initiated the idea and made the classes possible. Because the students had a full schedule of other high school classes, the advanced math classes were held at 7 a.m. on Thursdays for the entire school year. The students took Calculus III in the fall and Differential Equations in the spring.

"It's worth the challenge," said Megan Aalto, one of the students enrolled in the program. "I enjoy math, and although both of the classes were very difficult for me, they ended up being my favorite classes."

These college-level math classes challenged the students, while preparing them for the academic rigors that lie ahead at their chosen universities.

"We've been so lucky to have these classes offered in such a small town," said Cameron Jarnot, another student. "I thought that I would end up having to backtrack to fulfill my math requirements, but Calc III and Diff Eq have been so much more rewarding and fun.

"I've never been so challenged in any class, but Mrs. Yarnell has made this one just the right balance of tough and enjoyable. I don't even mind waking up at 7 a.m. to go."