New England School hosts annual math competition

On Friday, April 24 math whizzes from around the area gathered in New England to show off their skills. The annual Math Meet Competition was hosted by New England Public Schools and took place inside the gymnasium, it was a sight to behold.

Mary Jane Mayer (left) and Mia Gonzales (right) work with their classmates during the team test portion of the competition [PHOTO BY COLE BENZ | THE HERALD]
Mary Jane Mayer (left) and Mia Gonzales (right) work with their classmates during the team test portion of the competition [PHOTO BY COLE BENZ | THE HERALD]
By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

On Friday, April 24 math whizzes from around the area gathered in New England to show off their skills. The annual Math Meet Competition was hosted by New England Public Schools and took place inside the gymnasium, it was a sight to behold.

Tables filled the whole gym floor and mathletes from 11 different schools competed in four age groups. Overall there were 225 competitors.

The students arrived in New England late in the morning and began registering the teams at noon. After a brief orientation the students got to work.

There were four individual tests and a fifth team test, with each grade being quizzed on material appropriate for their age level.

The first four tests were taken consecutively and then the students went on a break and the floor was reorganized for the team test portion of the competition.

Test one was basic arithmetic. The second test covered measurement questions and the third individual test was word-based math questions. The last individual test was a grab-bag, potpourri type test, covering a wide range of math questions.

Each test was timed. The first three tests the mathletes were allotted six minutes with the fourth test lasting eight minutes. For the team test, teams were given 12 minutes to complete the exam.

Throughout the competition the tests were graded as they were finished, and scores were posted along the gym walls to view everyone’s progress.

To determine the team winners in each group, the individual test scores were added to the final team test score. First, second and third place winners were awarded in the team portion while the individual testing was awarded all the way to fifth-place finishers.

The testing material was put together by teachers of New England, as per the rules of the competition the host school compiles the testing material in accordance with the competition guidelines.

Participating in the competition this year were teams from Bowman County, Billings County, Carson, Elgin/New Leipzig, Grant County, Hettinger, Lemmon, McIntosch, Mott/Regent, New England and Scranton.

Scranton led the way with six individual winners. Bowman County and Scranton each had four award winning teams.

New England Superintendant Kelly Koppinger was happy to host the event, and thought it went very well.

“Our community did an excellent job of hosting and putting that event on and I think the kids enjoyed their time here and I think they enjoyed competing in that type of venue, I think it went very well,” Koppinger said.

RESULTS

Fourth Grade Individual

First Place (Matthew Bock-New England), Second Place (Madison Kirschmann-New England), Third Place (Alex Doe-Mott/Regent), Fourth Place (Austin Wanner-Bowman County), Fifth Place (Jesse Reich-Mott/Regent).

Fourth Grade Team

First Place (New England), Second Place (Mott/Regent), Third Place.

Fifth Grade Individual

First Place (Brian Bartholmy-Scranton), Second Place (Jaxon Hansey-Bowman County), Third Place (Ben Knopp-Bowman County), Fourth Place (Nathan Kaufman-New England), Fifth Place (Talon Trogstad-Lemmon).

Fifth Grade Team

First Place (Bowman County), Second Place (Scranton), Third Place (New England).

Sixth Grade Individual

First Place (Jim Klein-Lemmon), Second Place (Jeran Anderson-Scranton), Third Place (Laura Muggli-Grant County), Fourth Place (Zayda Dirk-Lemmon), Fifth Place (Ryan Doe-Mott/Regent).

Sixth Grade Team

First Place (Lemmon), Second Place (Scranton), Third Place (Bowman County).

Seventh Grade Indvidual

First Place (Connor Dilse-Scranton), Second Place (Emma Honeyman-Mott/Regent), Third Place (Warrick Dilse-Scranton), Fourth Place (Sammy Groberg-Billings County), Fifth Place (Anna Beer-Lemmon).

Seventh Grade Team

First Place (Scranton), Second Place (Mott/Regent), Third Place (Hettinger).

Eighth Grade Individual

First Place (Eve Stegner-New England), Second Place (Gabriel Eaton-Scranton), Third Place (Mack Buckmier-Hettinger), Fourth Place (Beau Jeffers-Bowman County), Fifth Place (Briana Sanford-Scranton).

Eighth Grade Team

First Place (New England), Second Place (Bowman County), Third Place (Scranton).

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