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MathCounts: Middle school students add up to winners

Eight students from Detroit Lakes Middle School took part in the regional MathCounts competition held in Moorhead on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The team, consisting of four of the eight students, took second place out of 11 regional teams and have been invited to attend the state competition in March.

Three of the team members placed in the top 10 students out of all individuals participating in the event.

The four team members were Devin Lange, Stephen Sinclair, Sarah Herman and Steven Labine. Katie Anderson, Cole Remmen, Aaron Lindsley and Nate Bausman joined the team in the individual competition. Devin Lange placed fifth overall in the individual competition as well.

The competition was split into four tests. First was the "sprint round," which began at 9 in the morning. The 40-minute rigorous test did not allow calculators and was followed by a shorter "target round" which did.

After a mid-morning break, each school's four-member team competed in the team round. Discussion and collaboration is encouraged for the team round as students have a short 20 minutes to answer 10 problems.

The afternoon competition ended with a "countdown round" in which students face off one-on-one in a head-to-head fashion. The first to answer the best of three questions advances in the competition. Detroit Lakes had two students, Stephen Sinclair and Devin Lange, eligible to compete in the countdown round, both of whom were ousted in the primary face-off against students from Horizon Middle School in Moorhead. Moorhead took home first in the team competition as well as the top 3 individual awards.

Earlier in the month, a voluntary local competition was held at the middle school that included seventh and eighth graders. The eight top-scoring students from the local competition were invited to attend the regional competition.

Students have been attending practices before school with math teacher Jessica Stuewe to prepare to compete.

If you see any of these talented young people in the community, be sure to congratulate them on a job well done.