WELLSBURG - Sixteen Brooke County students will be among more than 100 students from throughout West Virginia whose mathematical skills will be challenged in a fast-paced competition this weekend at Concord University in Athens.
Pupils from grades 4-12 and from schools in Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties will represent the Northern Panhandle in the West Virginia Math Field Day competition.
Pupils in grades 4-9 advanced to the state contest after placing among the top three in their respective grade levels at a regional competition held March 3 at Wheeling Park High School.
Students in grades 10-12 were among the top 10 finishers in that grade division.
Representing the county's two middle schools in the following grades are:
Fifth grade: Emily Donley and Aleksey Rasz, both of Wellsburg Middle School, who placed first and third, respectively, at the regional level.
Sixth grade: Garrett Pauls of Wellsburg Middle School, who placed second at the regional level.
Seventh grade: Rhiannon Macom and Katelyn James, both of Wellsburg Middle School, who placed first and third at the regional level. James also was the estimation room winner.
Eighth grade: Drew Garrett and Dalton Minger, both of Follansbee Middle School, who placed first and third at the regional level. Garrett also was the estimation room winner. Morgan Zopp, also of Follansbee Middle School, was named an alternate after placing fourth at the regional level.
Brooke High School freshmen Jakob Heilman and Paraag Gupta will compete in the ninth-grade division after placing first and third at the regional level. Chris Beaman was named an alternate after placing fourth at the regional level.
Brooke High School students Matthias Naill and Franko Lewis will compete in the grade 10-12 division after placing seventh and 10th at the regional level. Fellow Brooke Bruin Brice Hickey was named an alternate after placing 11th.
The contest involves the following 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.