Young Math Masters from Cloquet dazzle at regional competitionCloquet’s Washington Elementary school students turned in an impressive performance at the 34-team Regional Math Masters Tournament held in Duluth last Friday.
Cloquet’s Washington Elementary school students turned in an impressive performance at the 34-team Regional Math Masters Tournament held in Duluth last Friday.
Washington students claimed eight of the 20 top medallion and ribbon place winners in the individual Fact Drill Division; six of the top 17 in the Individual problem solving division and had teams place first and fourth in the team competition. Two Churchill students also placed in Fact Drill and Individual Problem Solving.
Math Masters of Minnesota began as a fifth-grade competition program in 1989 with teams from 44 schools taking part. In 1995, the competition expanded to include sixth-graders. This year approximately 5,000 fifth- and sixth-graders registered to compete at over 38 different sites in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. Math Masters 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.
The Washington and Churchill students participate in the Math Masters and Math Olympiads programs during the school year as an enrichment supplement to their daily math program. The top 15 students plus alternates go on to represent their school at the Annual Math Masters competition. The Math Masters coaches are fifth-grade teachers Carolyn Kedrowski at Washington Elementary and Celeste Kawoulk at Churchill Elementary.
Each Cloquet school had three teams compete.
Kedrowski said she has been working with students from all the fifth-grade classrooms during math block time and credited her fellow teachers for their efforts, noting that the students were well prepared for the competition.
“The kids really worked hard and worked together well,” she said. “The teams ended up on being fairly well balanced with 10 students earning individual awards representing each of the three teams.”
Washington’s Team 1, which placed first among 34 teams, consists of Molly Fineday, Parker McArthur, Ryan Conway, Brylee Kiminski and Dominic Jones.
Washington’s Team 2, which placed fourth, consists of Madelynn Dostal, Alexis Norrgard, Abigail Smith, Kaylee Asleson and Jon Dunaiski.
Washington’s Team 3, which placed eighth, consists of Sydney Hall, Alexis Perry, Evan McWilliams, Lucy Sinkkonen and Coren Kutzler.
Alternates are Noel Redding, Anthony McKay and Austin Johnson.
Individually, among 163 participants, Washington students Dominic Jones placed first, followed by Abigail Smith in second, Parker McArthur in third, Molly Fineday in fourth, Coren Kutzler in ninth and Alexis Norrgard placed 12th.
In the Fact Drill, Washington students Dominic Jones and Abigail Smith tied for first among 163 participants by completing 71 out of 75 equations in five minutes. Evan McWilliams placed third, Parker McArthur took fourth, Molly Fineday and Kaylee Asleson tied for 10th, Madelynn Dostal placed 12th and Lucy Sinkkonen finished in 15th place.
Churchill had two students place as well: Derek Rengo placed in a four-way tie for fourth in the Fact Drill Division and Kathryn Owens placed in a three-way tie for 16th in the Individual Problem Solving Division.
Test materials are carefully prepared by math department faculty members at St. Cloud State University. Eight rounds of problems cover the following mathematical areas:
- Number facts/order of operations
- Numeracy/properties of numbers
- Statistics/ probability/counting
- Sequences/series (and for sixth grade only, pre-algebra)
Cloquet’s Math Masters and Math Olympiad teams are sponsored by a grant from the Cloquet Education Foundation.