Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School hosted the 2020 Math Masters Competition on February 28. One hundred and four students registered to compete and representing six schools from around the central Minnesota area. Students competed both individually and as teams on eight sets of mathematical problems.
Math Masters began as a fifth-grade math competition program in 1989 with teams from 44 schools taking part. In 1995, the competition expanded to include sixth graders. This year, approximately 5,500 fifth and sixth graders competed at over 44 different sites in Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Schools are encouraged to involve as many students as possible and to use the Math Masters challenge preparation materials. A team selection test is provided to assist coaches in choosing students to represent their schools. The competition is designed to promote excellence in critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities as well as provide recognition to students for academic effort and achievement.
Sauk Rapids-Rice gave a strong effort. The team made up of Elka Sowada, Grace Thompson, Grace Smith, Taylor Janorschke and Brandon Miskowic finished in seventh place. Taylor Janorschke and Mason Meyer-Thovson tied for twelfth place in the Fact Drill portion, and Grace Thompson and Leah Roesch tied for seventeenth place. Individually, Grace Thompson earned a spot in fifteenth place, and Brandon Miskowic in nineteenth place.
Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School Math Masters Team 2020
Back row, left to right: Mason Meyer-Thovson, Levi Brenny, Trystan Getinger, Leah Roesch, Alicia Hovanes, Sophia Sinclair, Alexis Swanson Luke Wiebe, Mr. Rohlfs (coach)
Second row, left to right: Brandon Miskowic, Grace Thompson, Taylor Janorschke, Grace Smith, Abby Burke, Dominic Thompson
Front row: Elka Sowada