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Students Bragging After Winning MATH Academic Invitational

Last updated on Friday, February 17, 2012

(BEDFORD) - In Class 3 Burris Elementary School and in Class 4 Heltonville Elementary School are bragging this morning after climbing to the top of the M.A.T.H. Academic Invitational Thursday night.

Students competed at the Bedford North Lawrence Auxiliary Gym.

Competition was tough and close in scoring. M.A.T.H. Bowl Director Denise Buckingham says only 5 points separated the highest and lowest scores.

There were 11 teams made up of fourth and fifth grade students from Bedford North Lawrence Community Schools, Burris and St. Vincent de Paul School, competing to take the top rankings. This year's event was sponsored by Brent Maudlin of State Farm Insurance.

On March 1 approximately 7,000 students in grades 4, 5, and 6th from around the state will compete during the 16th Annual M.A.T.H Academic Team for Hoosiers for the top title. The competition will take place at 44 sites and locally at the BNL Auxiliary Gym.

The competition is a team concept with no individual winners. Each of the four rounds consists of three team members working on seven multiple- choice problems which will be read to the students and projected on a screen simultaneously. Problems can be from one of four curriculums: number sense, computation, algebra and functions, or problem solving.

After the emcee, Daniel Dyke, assistant principal at BNL, reads the question, each squad will have 30 to 60 seconds to consult with team members and determine an answer. More time is given for difficult questions. The team captain will answer the question by circling the chosen response on the answer sheet.

Each problem will be graded immediately and a scoring chart will maintain a running team score.

The team members of the schools with the highest scores in each of the four enrollment classifications at each site will be recognized with awards after the competition. The top ten teams statewide will receive either a plaque or certificate to place in their school.

The competition is administered by Indiana Association of School Principals Department of Student Programs and is an attempt to emphasize the important of mathematics in upper elementary grades.

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