MathCounts Junior High Math Competitions - Answer to Wednesday Challenge

Submitted by lana.hiskey on Tue, 02/15/2022 - 21:14
SJHS Team: Calvin Elder, Jacob Workman, Spencer Gee, Daniel Anderson, Samuel Erdmann
Top 12 Math competitors (SJHS wins 3, 4, 6, 9)
Springville Junior High First Place Team at BYU 
Countdown round overall winner: Daniel Anderson with parents

All Nebo junior high schools had the opportunity to compete on the district level and then again at BYU with neighboring school districts including Provo and Alpine, thanks to the vision of Cheri Campbell, Nebo’s Gifted and Talented Specialist. 

MathCounts provides engaging math programs to US middle/junior high school students of all ability levels to build confidence and improve attitudes about math and problem solving. Nebo’s math teacher and Mapleton Junior High team’s math coach, Brian Boring, was a tremendous help to Nebo School District student competitors because he has years of experience in MathCounts competitions.

Various Nebo schools assembled teams of 8th graders and 9th graders to compete at the district level. After the district math competition in December, Nebo Schools attended the BYU Math Competition on February 5. Nebo students competed against students from Provo and Alpine Schools.

Springville Junior High School (SJHS) students took four spots out of the top twelve. Springville Junior High also won the Team Competition. Members of the winning team included Daniel Anderson, Calvin Elder, Samuel Erdmann, and Spencer Gee.

Jacob Workman led the second Springville Junior High team (composed of other single competitors) to earn Second Place in the Team Competition. 

The 12 top finishers competed in a countdown round, where two students compete and only one moves forward in a bracket scenario. Of the 12 students, Daniel Anderson from Springville Junior High was the final champion! 

The math competition includes a Lightning round in which students can't use calculators, then a Target round in which students can use calculators, at which point scores are calculated and the top 12 students are announced. Then students compete in the team round. 

“We had a great time and really loved the effort put in by our BYU hosts from the Math and Engineering Departments, and our district liaison, Brian Boring,” stated Claire Taylor, math teacher at Springville Junior. “As the SJHS MathCounts coach, I am really proud of the students who wanted to compete and those who expressed interest. I'm proud of the teachers at Springville Junior High, as well as the district members, like Cheri Campbell, that offer educational support for programs like MathCounts. I want to especially thank Mr. Jim Anderson for his support at these events since he is the current Math I Honors teacher to all five of these students!”

Congratulations Calvin Elder for answering this week’s “Where are we Wednesday?” challenge sponsored by Wiggy Wash. 

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By Lana Hiskey