Area Sixth Graders Put Math to the Test

Table of Math Master's shirts in front of SCSC BannerSouth Central Service Cooperative, in conjunction with Math Masters of Minnesota, hosted the 2019 Regional Math Masters Competition at Bethany Lutheran College March 15 for 190 sixth graders representing 37 teams from 13 area schools. Students competed individually and as teams on eight sets of mathematical problems. 

Top finishers in the Fact Drill were Alex Kleve, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton; Henry Timm, St. Peter Middle School; Emmy Gengler, Dakota Meadows Middle School, Lucas McQuery, Waseca; James Hollerich, Prairie Winds Middle School; Cayden Johnson-Mariner, Redwood Valley Middle School; Ashley Pipes, DMMS; and Eric Daschner, JWP.

The top ten Individual Test awards went to Sophie Chawra, Waseca; Luke Yoder, Waseca; Emmy Gengler, DMMS; Sophia Post, DMMS; Max Bolstad, Loyola Catholic School; Alex Kleve, JWP; James Hollerich, PWMS; Maddie Cooney, PWMS; Cody Weber, Waseca; and Tauston Rupe, Waseca.

First Place Team Award for sixth-grade students went to Waseca 1. Team members include Sophie Chawra, Collin Dettmer, Sierra Krause, Cody Weber and Luke Yoder. Second place went to JWP Bulldogs 1. Team members include Eric Daschner, Alex Kleve, Myles Kruger, Reese March and Jaxon Miller. Third place went to Dakota Meadows Blue. Team members include Emmy Gengler, Brendan Isenberg, Jillian Olsen, Sophia Post and Owen Sellner. 

Sixth-grade teams participated from Blue Earth, Dakota Meadows Middle School, JWP, Loyola Catholic Schools, New Ulm Area Catholic Schools, Prairie Winds Middle School, Redwood Falls, St. Clair, St. James, St. Mary’s Sleepy Eye, St. Peter, Waseca and WEM.

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 grade students. This year approximately 5,000 students registered to compete at more than 38 different sites in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. 

Math Masters is designed to promote excellence in critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities as well as recognizing students for academic effort and achievement. Generous support is provided locally from HyVee and McDonalds.

The fifth-grade Math Masters competition will be held May 3 at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato.