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Kittson Central places 2nd in Mathcounts contest

This year, Mathcounts had a regional in-person competition held at Northland Community Technical College in Thief River Falls on Friday, Feb. 9. The competition is sponsored locally by the Lake Agassiz Chapter of the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers and Nationally by the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Mathcounts gives students in grades 6-8 an opportunity to sharpen their skills in math. We had seven teams compete this year and 50 individuals. This year’s teams were Kittson Central, Crookston, Fertile-Beltrami, Bemidji Middle School, St. Philip’s in Bemidji, Red Lake Public School (first time in Mathcounts competition) and Franklin Middle School of Thief River Falls. Broten Academy had a homeschool individual. The regional winners go to state competition in Plymouth, Minn., on March 8 and 9. The state winners go to the National competition in May.
Trophies were given to teams in small and large school categories. For small schools, St. Philip’s was first and Kittson Central was second. For large schools Bemidji Middle School was first and Crookston was second.
The top 10 individuals also received trophies. The top 10 individuals were 1st, Aaron Langerak (Bemidji Middle School); 2nd, Asher Reidel (Bemidji Middle School); 3rd, Evan Wild (Bemidji Middle School); 4th, Jack Martin (St. Philip’s); 5th, Nicholas Licata (Bemidji Middle School); 6th, Elihu Broten (Broten Academy); 7th, Angela Li (Franklin Middle School); 8th, Parker Olsonawski (Kittson Central School); 9th, Grant McDermott (Bemidji Middle School); 10th, Arel Joshua (St. Philip’s).
The testing consists of four parts. Target, Sprint, Team and Countdown round. The Target round consists of eight problems. The problems are handed out in pairs and the students are given 6 minutes to answer each pair. The Sprint round has 30 problems and lasts 40 minutes. The Team round is where the teams sit together as teams and are allowed to talk through the 10 problems in 20 minutes. The countdown round consists of the of the top 12 individuals. It is not part of the advancement to state or ranking in the Chapter and allows parents and coaches to watch and cheer.
One question at a time is shown on a screen with two students watching the screen. When a student thinks they know the answer they raise their hand and a volunteer calls on them to give their answer. This year’s winner was Asher Reidel from Bemidji Middle School and second place went to Jack Martin from St. Philip’s.
The teams that qualified for state this year are 1st, Bemidji Middle School; and 2nd, St. Philip’s. The individual that qualified is Nicholas Lacata from Bemidji Middle School. Wild Card teams and individuals also have potential to get to state. This year, the Wild Card team was Crookston and the individual was Elihu Broten. Neither team or individual made it.
Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls supplied many volunteer scorers and judges. Northland also set up the rooms and provided chairs, tables, coffee for teachers, special treat bags for students and we were able to have lunch in their lunchroom. The volunteers that ran the tests were from various areas including MnDOT, Northland, Moore Engineering and some retirees.


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