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News 10 reporters team loses math challenge
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Those involved in the Give Every Child A Chance tutoring challenge Wednesday included, from left, front row: Mali Rice, Jessica Chatoyant, Amanda Lopez, Imahni Burks; back, Manteca Unified Superintendent Jason Messer, Jamie Anderson, GECAC site coordinator Kevin Allred, TV reporter Angel Cardenas, and GECAC executive director Carol Davis. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
Prior to the Give Every Child A Chance tutoring challenge, Malik Rice admitted that math wasn’t exactly his favorite subject.

Yet the competition consisting of high school algebra and geometry brought out the best in the Sierra High freshman, with Rice having a helping hand in rallying his team from the brink of elimination.

“We had a little chance,” said GECAC site coordinator Kevin Allred, who is a junior at California State University, Stanislaus. “I had confidence in my group – they knew what they were doing even though they were down by three points.”

Allred’s team of Rice and Jessica Chagoya, who is also a Sierra ninth-grade student, not only staged a comeback but also took the tie-breaker, thus, defeating News 10 sports / traffic reporter Angel Cardenas and his team of Imahni Burks and Amanda Lopez.

Burks and Lopez are freshmen at Sierra and East Union, respectively.

Meanwhile, Cardenas, who has been at the Sacramento ABC affiliate since 2001, has taken on various challenges during his on-air experience of the past few years.

GECAC challenged Cardenas to face Allred’s group in the competition based loosely on the “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” TV show.
The event consisted of eight rounds of various math problems, with the first team to get nine points being declared the winner.

Jason Messer, Manteca Unified’s superintendent, served as the judge. “Welcome to my court,” he said during the filming of the TV segment.

Cardenas, who grew up in West Sacramento, had hoped for a math refresher course prior to the event. “The last time I did (geometry or algebra) was in college,” he said.
A product of River City High, Cardenas attended St. Mary’s College in the mid 1990s, earning a degree in communications.

He was accompanied to the GECAC event by his Jack Russell terrier, “Joe Montana.”

But it was his counterparts staging the Montana-esque comeback.

Behind 8-5, Allred, Rice and Chagoya fought hard to get back into the competition while forcing the tie-breaker.
Tied at 8-8 after nine rounds of regulation play, Messer, Jamie Anderson and Carol Davis, respectively, GECAC’s program director and executive director, scrambled for a winner-take-all math equation by delving into the books.

“Even though I lost the challenge, I still feel like a winner,” said Cardenas, who received a certificate of appreciation from Davis.