Teams from Mal­colm, Mat­ula earn top Math Chal­lenge hon­ors

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Stu­dent teams from Mary H. Mat­ula and Mal­colm el­e­men­tary schools earned the top spots in their grade-level di­vi­sion at the El­e­men­tary Math Chal­lenge held Satur­day, April 22 at Theodore G. Davis Mid­dle School. The event is for fourth- and fifth­grade stu­dents and is a twopart math­e­mat­ics chal­lenge that in­cludes both a team and in­di­vid­ual com­pe­ti­tion, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Teams from all 21 Charles County pub­lic el­e­men­tar y schools com­peted. The team chal­lenge re­quires stu­dents to work to­gether to solve four multi-step prob­lems within a 30-minute pe­riod.

Mat­ula’s fourth-grade team earned a to­tal of 168 points dur­ing the team chal­lenge and earned first place. Team mem­bers are Gar­rett Car­son, Michael Cheney, Sarah Dang, An­drew Donoho, Noah Mitchell, Cay­den Soud­ers and Ava Weibrecht. Coach of the team is Jes­sica Meador, a fourth-grade teacher at Mat­ula, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

J.C. Parks El­e­men­tary School’s fourth-grade team won sec­ond place, fol­lowed by the team from Wil­liam B. Wade El­e­men­tary School in third place, the team from Mal­colm in fourth place, and the team from Dr. James Craik El­e­men­tary School in fifth place.

Mal­colm’s fifth-grade team earned a to­tal of 185.5 points dur­ing the team chal­lenge and earned the first-place award. Stu­dents on the team in­clude An­drew Bell, Car­ley Bowie, Nyla Deluca-Thomas, Ca­rina El­rod, Zoe Mudd, Ri­ley Rollins and Thomas Shields. Coach of the team is Shayna Hyde, sec­ond-grade teacher at Mal­colm.

Wade’s fifth-grade team earned sec­ond place, fol­lowed by the Mat­ula fifth­grade team in third place, the Mt Hope/Nan­je­moy El­e­men­tar y School team in fourth place, and the fifth-grade team from Craik earned fifth place.

In the in­di­vid­ual por­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion, each team mem­ber takes an on­line test of 30 math prob­lems and has 30 min­utes to com­plete them. The top five in­di­vid­ual scores are added to the team score to com­pute a team’s over­all score, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

In first place among com­pet­ing fourth graders was Julie Per­riello from Wade, fol­lowed by Pres­ley Shaffier, also from Wade, in sec­ond place, and Mon­ica Ri­vas-Parker from C. Paul Barn­hart El­e­men­tary School in third place.

In the in­di­vid­ual com­pe­ti­tion for fifth graders, Craik’s Rachel Ch­er­noff re­ceived first place, fol­lowed by Wal­ter J. Mitchell El­e­men­tary School stu­dent Pa­trick Her­nan­dez in sec­ond place, and Mat­ula’s Will Al­corn in third place, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

The top five teams, as well as the top three in­di­vid­u­als, at each grade level re­ceived a plaque and the top scor­ing stu­dent on each team re­ceived a medal. All com­pet­ing stu­dents re­ceived a par­tic­i­pant rib­bon and cer­tifi­cate. A to­tal of 277 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the 2017 com­pe­ti­tion. The an­nual event is spon­sored by South­ern Mary­land Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive (SMECO).

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