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Fifth and sixth grade students from Roosevelt and Rossman elementary schools and the Detroit Lakes Middle School participated in the Math Masters competition in March. Submitted Photo

The masters of math

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About 60 Rossman and Roosevelt elementary and middle school students from Detroit Lakes participated in the 5th and 6th grade math masters competitions.

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Rossman Elementary

Twenty-one 5th graders from Rossman Elementary participated in the regional Math Masters of Minnesota Challenge in Moorhead on March 26. The students competed individually and as teams on eight sets of mathematical problems in this competition.

One of the four teams from DL took fourth place. That team consisted of Tate Kerman, Nicole Swanson, Shelby Busker, Jordan Skadsem and Easton Meier.

Other Rossman teams consisted of Tate Kerzman, Nicole Swanson, Shelby Busker, Jordan Skadsem and Easton Meier; Jon Zima, Hope Hansen, Blake Itzen, Sarah Krengel and Cole Bryant; Grace VanOffelen, Zach Shoemaker, Gracee Traurig, Reed Benson and Robbie Ivankovich. Katie Glander was an alternate.

Individual rounds:  Tate Kerman placed 12th, Nicole Swanson 15th, Easton Meier 16th, and Reed Benson 17th.  There were 96 participants.

Thanks to the Gifted & Talented volunteers Sue Ivankovich and Heather Syltie for preparing the students for the competition. Rian Heimark (5th grade teacher) attended the competition along with parent volunteers, Sue Ivankovich and Kara Meier.

Roosevelt Elementary

Fact Drill Round: Gigi Ni, 1st place metal; Caleb Tangen, 8th place ribbon; Payton Schiltz, 7th place ribbon

Individual placements: Gigi Ni, 7th place; Marisa Pace, 19th place

Team placements: Roosevelt Black, 9th place; Roosevelt White, 15th place; Roosevelt Red, 18th place

Coach: Ashley Mohn

Volunteers the day of the competition: Kristin Schiltz and Shanda Smith

All participants include Team 1: Gigi Ni, John Lund, Ashley Eikren, Caleb Tangen, Chelsy Johnson; Team 2: Daniel Heikes, Marisa Pace, Taylor Prussia, Heather Haarstick, Blake Weber; Team 3: Grant Fritch-Gallatin, Jon Hausten, Josh Brahmer, Brina Smith, Payton Schiltz. Alternates: Hunter Burnside, Tanner Alger

Middle schoolers

Twenty-two sixth graders from Detroit Lakes Middle School participated in the regional Math Masters of Minnesota Challenge in Bemidji on March 26.

The students competed individually and as teams on eight sets of mathematical problems in this competition.

One of the four teams from DL took fourth place. The team includes d Reed Reller, Hailey Ballard, Elise Lakin, Mirella Grimm and Lexy Jesness.

Individual rounds:  Ben Stearns placed 11th, Mirella Grimm 6th, Peyton Jernberg 5th, and Lexi Jessness was 4th.

Fact Drill:  Mariella Grimm placed 9th, Abby Gray 8th, Victor Engum 7th, Hailey Ballard 6th, Ben Stearns 6th, Charles Barnett 5th, and Jack Schramel 3rd.

Thanks to the sixth grade mathematics teachers Steve Zamzo and Jess Stuewe for preparing the students for the competition. Linda Vagle (science teacher) attended the competition along with parent volunteers, Mike Stearns and Sheila Jesness.

All 6th grade participants include Team 1: Charles Barnett, Ben Sterns, Do Yeon Kim, Tanner Olson, PJ Hinrichs; Team 2: Victor E., Emily Smith, Jack Schramel, Kyle Miller, Peyton Jernberg; Team 3: Reed Reller, Elise Lakin, Lexy Jesness, Mirella Grimm, Hailey Ballard; Team 4: Abby Gray, Cody Kellerhuis, Ashley Muhlenkort, Cole Metelak, Maren Goldstein. The two alternates were Sydney Brininger and Emily Larson

What is Math Masters

Math Masters of Minnesota began as a fifth grade math competition program in 1989, with teams from 44 schools taking part. In 1995, the competition was expanded to include sixth graders and this year there are approximately 5,000 fifth and sixth graders registered to compete.

Math Masters is designed to promote excellence in critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities as well as provide recognition to students for academic effort and achievement.

Teams from private and public schools may compete in Math Masters. The support of companies and foundations for this math competition is essential. Contributing corporations include The Hormel Foundation and IBM as well as other individual and business contributors.

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