Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fayette County Math Whizzes Show Talent at Competition

With pencils frantically figuring, fingers flying across calculators and brains firing with knowledge, students used all of their resources battling to become the winners of the 2010 Fayette County Elementary Math Bowl.

It took a total of 18 word problems to find the winning teams of the fourth grade bowl. Students fought hard to stay in the game, answering three tiebreaker questions beyond the regular 15 before winners were finally determined. There were no tiebreakers for fifth grade.

The 2010 winning teams for fourth grade are (first place) Inman, (second place) Cleveland and (third place) Kedron.


 (First Place) Inman: Alexis Harris, Keagen McCartha (alternate), Damien Robbins and Juwan Wesley with fourth grade teacher Sue Paggen.

(Second Place) Cleveland: Jason Hess, Adam Jamison, Jonathan Lewis and Achyuth Murthy (alternate) with fourth grade teacher Angela Spagnuolo (L) and Assistant Principal Angie Southers.

(Third Place) Kedron: Naseem Amini, Jolie Fouts (alternate), Bridgette Machemehl and Hayden Quale with Principal Mary Margaret Bivings (L) and fourth grade teacher Laura Griffies holding her daughter Susanna.

Fifth grade team winners include (first place) Kedron, (second place) Peeples and (third place) Oak Grove.

(First Place) Kedron: Jagger Barnes (alternate), Emilio De La Mora, Kevin Liow and Jiaxing Liu with Principal Mary Margaret Bivings (L) and fifth grade teacher Carla Zonneveld.

(Second Place) Peeples: Billy Porter, Joshua Tysor and Ryan Weyl with principal Erin Roberson (L) and fifth grade teacher Noel Strain. Not pictured, Haidyn Ogg (alternate).



(Third Place) Oak Grove: Abby Burke, Caroline Pickard, Carter Rogers and Haruka Yamada (alternate) with fifth grade teacher Carla Brown.

Students worked together in teams of three to solve the problems. Contestants qualified for the county tournament by winning their school-based math competitions.

“All of these students are already winners representing their schools and should be very proud of their accomplishments. We are very proud of them,” says Math Coordinator Lynn Ridgeway.

Each participant received a certificate of participation. Additionally, the first, second and third place winners were awarded a trophy to take back to their schools and each team member received a math book to help get a head start on the next grade level of math. Also, each first place team will have the name of their school engraved on the plaque of champions that is displayed in the math classroom at the LaFayette Educational Center.

This marked the 10th annual Fayette County Elementary Math Bowl featuring math teams from each of the school system’s 17 elementary schools.

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