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MathCounts Competition Helps Students Sharpen Math Skills

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It's a race against the clock; and really against numbers, theories, shapes and everything within the math spectrum. Middle school students from all over Bay County are putting their math skills to the ultimate test.

"I'm a little bit nervous," said Nicholas Thorpe, an Merritt Middle School student.

Participants like Thorpe go through several different scenarios. They are tested without calculators, with calculators, sprint and group testing.

"They love figuring out puzzles and solving riddles," said Merritt Brown Middle School Teacher John Fant. "That's all math is."

At Merritt Brown children in the math club show up an hour before school to practice math.

"We have a very successful team," said Fant. "It's because of the hard work of the kids."

More than 150 students participated in this years MathCounts competition. And before filling his students' pockets with pencils and some Starbursts their favorite math teacher had some last minute advice for his students

"I said there is no reason to be nervous," said Fant. "I told them to get in there and do your 2, 2 1/2 hours of work and then hopefully we will have something to go celebrate." 

But, it isn't only the trophies and medals that keep students eager to learn. It's the confidence to go out into the world knowing they made all the hard work and dedication "add" up.

"There is a big confidence gain and there's a big jump in achievement and performance level by participation in the program," said Fant.

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Individual Rankings:

6th Grade

1st Place: Shaun McDaniel - Merritt Brown Middle School

2nd Place: Jackson Morris, Holy Nativity Middle School

3rd Place: Jordan Webb, Surfside Middle School

 

7th Place

1st Place: Nicolas Anason Bay Haven Middle School

2nd Place: John Adams Merritt Brown Middle School

3rd Place: Madison Scott Merritt Brown Middle School

 

8th Grade

1st Place - Trey Folsom Merritt Brown Middle School

2nd Place - Yvette Polanka Merritt Brown Middle School

3rd Place - Ryan Hooks Bay Haven MIddle School

 

Team Rankings

 

6th Grade

1st Place  Merritt Brown Middle School Team 1

2nd Place - Surfside Middle School Team 1

3rd Place - Holy Nativity Middle School Team 1

 

7th Grade

1st Place - Merritt Brown Middle School Team 1

2nd Place - Bay Haven Middle School TEam 1

3rd Place Surfside Middle School Team 1

 

8th Grade

1st Place - Merritt Brown Middle School Team 1

2nd Place - Bay Haven Middle School Team 1

3rd Place: Holy Nativity Team 2

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