Brooke students competing in state math competition

BETHANY – Students from Wellsburg primary and middle schools and Brooke High School will be among many competing in the 40th-annual West Virginia Math Field Day competition Saturday at Bethany College.

The event will begin at 9:10 a.m., with registration at 8:30 a.m., and test the math skills of pupils in grades 4-8 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.

Ninth-graders have a written test instead of the estimation room but compete in the other events. Students in grades 10-12 will compete through two written tests, one completed as a team and the other as individuals.

Brooke County pupils in fourth through ninth grades are advancing to the regional event after placing first, second or third in their respective grade levels at a regional competition held March 1 at Wheeling Park High School.

Competing at the fourth grade level will be Brody McAllister of Wellsburg Primary School, who placed second at the regional level.

Six Wellsburg Middle School pupils will represent Brooke County in grades 5-8.

Competing in fifth grade will be Ethan Robey, who placed first at the regional level.

Also competing are sixth graders Riley McAllister, Max Camilletti and John Bober, who placed first, second and third, respectively, for that grade level.

Seventh-graders Emily Donley and Aleksey Rasz also will compete after placing second and third, respectively, in their grade level. Connor Combs of Follansbee Middle School has been named an alternate for that grade.

Rhiannon Macom placed third among ninth graders. Emily Bernardini was named an alternate for that grade.

Students in the grade 10-12 division must place among the top 10 at the regional event to advance to the state level.

They are: Paraag Gupta and Dalton Minger, who placed second and third, respectively. Chris Beaman, Antonio Pizzuti and Devon Ansell were named alternates for that division.

There isn’t a national level of the competition for primary and middle school students. But the top 15 high school students at the state contest may go on to compete in the American Regions Math League May 31.

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