After being cancelled because of COVID-19 last year, the annual Math Masters regional competition was brought back this year as a virtual event that included students from all over the state of Minnesota.
Eight teams of fifth grade students from Detroit Lakes' Rossman and Roosevelt elementary schools competed, staying local and participating from their own school buildings this year, rather than bussing to Moorhead to compete.
Four teams from Roosevelt and four teams from Rossman took part in the April competition. Practices began in January. As in past competitions, students completed a speed drill round, three rounds of individual math questions, a tie-breaker round, then ended with three rounds of team questions, during which students worked together to problem-solve.
Results from the competition were recently shared with schools, and local Math Masters leaders have announced the following local award winners:
-In the individual rounds, Arielle Quittschreiber (Roosevelt) placed 7th, and Brody Ballard (Rossman) placed 8th.
-In the speed rounds, local students took six out of the 15 awards: Tyson Eckhoff (Roosevelt) placed 2nd; Arielle Quittschreiber placed 3rd; Brody Ballard placed 5th; Nathan Loreth and Justin Sliper (Rossman) tied for 9th place; and Makenna Karvonen (Rossman) placed 13th.
Math Masters began as a fifth grade math competition in 1989 with teams from 44 schools taking part. In 1995, it was expanded to include sixth graders. Schools are encouraged to involve as many of their students as possible in the use of Math Masters preparation materials. A team selection test is provided to assist coaches in choosing students to represent their schools.
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 and individual students from private as well as public schools compete.
Math Masters is a nonprofit organization and is supported by The Hormel Foundation as well as individuals and businesses.