|Craik Team photo: Pictured is the first-place team from Dr. James Craik Elementary School that earned the top spot among fourth graders at the Elementary Math Challenge held April 27. Pictured back row from left are: Jordan Ball, Aidan Hoffman, Iris Golden and Thomas Lesko. Pictured front row from left are: Erin Possehl, Andrew Deeds and Connor Cox.|
A team of fourth-grade students from Dr. James Craik Elementary School, and a team of fifth graders from William B. Wade Elementary School earned the top spots in the Elementary Math Challenge, held Saturday, April 27 at Theodore G. Davis Middle School.
Teams from each Charles County public elementary school participate in the two-part mathematics challenge that includes both team and individual competitions. Schools sent fourth- and fifth-grade teams composed of up to seven students each. The team challenge requires each team to solve four reasoning and problem solving questions.
Craik’s fourth-grade team earned first place among 21 competing teams. Team members are Jordan Ball, Connor Cox, Andrew Deeds, Iris Golden, Aidan Hoffman, Thomas Lesko and Erin Possehl. Team coaches are Craik fourth-grade teachers Michelle Daggett and Mary Ann Johnson.
Wade’s fifth-grade team earned first place among 21 competing teams. Team members are Rachel Breining, Bradley Brown, Chris Clark, Veronica Kramer, Kelly Resendes, Victoria Sutton and Elizabeth Wash. The team coach is Wade fifth-grade teacher Donna Harris.
Among the team challenge, there was a tie for second place at the fourth-grade level of competition. A team from Mary H. Matula Elementary School tied with a team from Wade. Matula’s team members are Abraham Baber, Olivia Boyce, Kaitlyn Catterton, Wyatt Cunningham, Jack Glassman, Chris Peterson and Cole Schubert. Team coaches are Matula fifth-grade teachers Erica Hughes and E. Diane Simmons.
Wade’s fourth-grade team consists of students Yasmeen Adeleke, Joshua Binsol, Andrew Cullen, Ben Gausepohl, Alyssa Gerhart, Muhammad Hashim and David Schuyler. The team coach is Wade fourth-grade teacher Jennifer Jolliffe.
Matula’s fifth-grade team won second place in the team challenge. Members are Cheyenne Daniels, Bailey Dominicis, Joseph Heffernan, Brianna High, Joseph Lee, Kristopher Schueller and Arden Waldow. Coaches are teachers Erica Hughes and E. Diane Simmons.
The event also included an individual challenge where each team member takes a test of 40 multiple-choice questions. The top five scores are compiled and added to the team score.
Emily Smith from Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School was named the individual winner for the fourth-grade level and Zakri Asiala from Indian Head Elementary School earned the individual winner title at the fifth-grade level.
The top five teams, as well as the top three individuals at each grade level, received a plaque provided by Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO), the sponsor of the annual event. The top three individual students received plaques and medals were given to the top scoring student on each team.
For more information, visit SMECO’s website at http://www.smeco.com/news.aspx.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 caring community schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
Adapted from The Ray-Net Weather