Billings students sweep at Mathcounts competition

2014-02-07T20:44:00Z 2014-02-08T09:09:05Z Billings students sweep at Mathcounts competitionGazette staff The Billings Gazette

Teams of 6th, 7th and 8th grade student “Mathletes” from 11 regional middle schools competed in the Mathcounts contest Friday at Montana State University Billings.

According to a news release, 100 students participated.

Mathcounts is a combination math coaching and competition program. Students are tested on such topics as probability, statistics, linear algebra and polynomials. The competition consists of written tests and a fast-paced oral match.

The top five finishers Friday were all Billings students: Cierra Moody, Castle Rock; Rita Nedrow, Castle Rock; Nolan Askelson, Lewis and Clark; Peter Hall, Lewis and Clark; and John Holbrook, Lewis and Clark.

Askelson won the fast-paced CountDown Round.

The top five teams were, in order, Castle Rock, Canyon Creek, Riverside, Lewis and Clark and Columbus.

Castle Rock took the Division AA trophy. Lewistown was the A winner, Columbus the B winner and Canyon Creek the C winner.

Castle Rock, Canyon Creek and Riverside teams won the right to advance to the state Mathcounts competition, along with three individuals: Askelson, Hall and Holbrook. The state competition will be held March 5 at MSU in Bozeman. The competition will showcase 95 of Montana’s brightest middle school math students.

The winners in the state competition will advance to Orlando, Fla., on May 9 for the national competition.

Now in its 31st year, Mathcounts, administered in Montana by the Montana Society of Engineers, is designed to foster interest in and enthusiasm for mathematics by creating an environment similar to athletic programs, including intensive training, competition, teamwork and recognition. Nationally, more than 500,000 Mathletes have competed during the 2013-14 school year. More than six million students have participated nationally since the program’s inception in 1983.

In addition to the top five finishers, these Mathletes, in order, rounded out the top 25: Hayden Bentzel, Will James; Kyler Hodik, Riverside; Ethan Melder, Canyon Creek; Ethan Saberhagen, Will James; Paige O’Toole, Laurel; Paloma Whitworth, Lewis and Clark; Tate Telford, Riverside; Alex Wood, Will James; Alyssa Tjaden, Canyon Creek; Alex Thuesen, Roosevelt; Elijah Erekson, Lewis and Clark; Cooper Bruchez, Lewistown; Lucas Gibb, Will James; Zach McGovern, Will James; Keegan Lundman, Will James; Ben Saberhagen, Will James; Chase Farrar, Lewistown; Jessica Hink, Riverside; Jeremy Boatman, Reed Point; and Allison Onoszko, Columbus.

Team members of the three schools advancing to state: Castle Rock — Cierra Moody, Rita Nedrow, Brady Frazier and Gregory Hill; Canyon Creek — Ethan Melder, Alyssa Tjaden, Hulan Edward and Erik Hovland; Riverside — Kyler Hodik, Zachary Hetland, Si Ryan and Jordyn Apps.

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