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Brooke students to compete

April 24, 2008
By WARREN SCOTT, Staff writer
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — More than a dozen Brooke County students will be among hundreds from throughout the state whose computational skills will be put to the test in a fast-paced competition Saturday at Shepherd University.

Teams of pupils in grades fourth through 12th and from schools in Brooke, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties will represent the Northern Panhandle in the West Virginia Math Field Day competition.

The contest tests students’ math skills through four segments:

¯ Mental exact, which requires students to provide, without the aid of a calculator, pen or pencil, the exact answer to a math problem given orally.

¯ Mental estimation, which requires the same mental work but because of the difficulty of the problems posed, the students’ answer may be within 10 percent above or below the correct answer.

¯ The estimation room, where students estimate the length, volume, weight, capacity and number of a variety of every-day items.

¯ A 40-question written examination.

Pupils in grades fourth through ninth advanced to the state contest after placing among the top three in their respective grade levels at a regional competition held March 15 at Wellsburg Middle School and coordinated by Toni Taylor, a math teacher at the school.

Students in grade 10th through 12th grades placed in the top 10 for that division to move on to the state level.

Competing at the fourth-grade level is Drew Garrett and Dalton Minger, both of Colliers Primary School, who placed first and third, respectively, at the regional level. Morgan Zopp of Jefferson Primary School, who placed fourth, will serve as an alternate.

Follansbee and Wellsburg middle schools also will have several representatives at the state competition.

Competing at the fifth-grade level will be Reagan McClain of Wellsburg Middle School, who placed first; and Jakob Heilman of Follansbee Middle School, second; Justin Elliott of Wellsburg Middle School, third; and Chris Beaman of Follansbee Middle School, fourth. Beaman will serve as an alternate.

Shelby Richards and Sierra Bone, both of Follansbee Middle School, will compete in the sixth-grade level after placing first and second, respectively, at the regional competition.

Follansbee pupils Brice Hickey, Matthias Naill and Matt Beaman will compete in the seventh-grade level after placing first, second and third at the regional level.

Follansbee pupils Alec Salakovich, Brian Gialluco, Vinny Pizzuti and Kevin Rowland took first, second, third and fourth place, respectively, at the eighth-grade level regionally. Salakovich, Gialluco and Pizzuti will advance to the state competition, and Rowland will serve as an alternate.

Derek Wayne and Jacob Robey of Brooke High School will compete at the ninth-grade level after the two placed first and third, respectively, at the regional level.

Representing Brooke High School in the 10th- through 12th-grade division will be Evan Ford, who placed second at the regional level; and Corwin Russell, who placed fifth. Brooke students Dustin Frohnapfel, who placed third at the regional level, and Lincoln Schaefer, who placed fourth, have other commitments that prevent them from attending.

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