Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students represented Milbank Middle School at the first Math Counts competition of the school year. The event was held in Aberdeen on December 7.
Among the eighth grade students, Isaac Johnson placed first in the Fourth Seed Group and Jessica Van Peursem finished in third place in the Third Seed Group. Mason Riley and Madi Thue also competed in the eighth grade division.
In the seventh grade division, Bennett Schwenn took third place in the First Seed Group and William Karels placed fourth in the Second Seed Group. Savannah Stengel and sixth grader Max Lightfield also competed in the seventh grade division. The students are coached by Lori Leddy and Josh Schmeichel.
Math Counts is a nationwide program that provides math competitions using live contests. Students compete in sprint, target, team, and countdown rounds while solving math programs. The program was created in 1983 and is the longest-running math program still in existence. It is open to all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. The Milbank students were selected based on the middle school math teachers’ recommendations and their math scores and grades.
Back row: William Karels, Bennett Schwenn, Mason Riley, and Isaac Johnson. Front row: Jessica Van Peursem, Madi Thue, Savannah Stengel, and Max Lightfield