Area Fifth Graders Master Math

South Central Service Cooperative, in conjunction with Math Masters of Minnesota, hosted the 2019 Regional Math Masters Competition at Bethany Lutheran College May 3 for 230 fifth graders representing 43 teams from 18 area schools. Students competed individually and as teams on eight sets of mathematical problems. 

Top finishers in the Fact Drill were Allan Nienow, St. Peter Middle School; Garry Bluhm, JWP; Deron Russell, Waseca; Carter Dale, St. Peter Middle School; Ian Ray, Monroe Elementary, Mankato; Ali El-Haidari, Monroe Elementary, Mankato; Slade Barnett, Waseca; Corrick Medina, Waseca; and Tyler Seppman, LCWM.

The top Individual Test awards went to Allan Nienow, St. Peter Middle School; Ali El-Haidari, Monroe Elementary, Mankato; Soren Ehmke, Roosevelt Elementary, Mankato; Corrick Medina, Waseca; Jackson Stensrud, Washington Elementary, Mankato; Sadie Schimming, Waseca; Trevor Sheldrup, Monroe Elementary, Mankato; Ben O’Neil, Roosevelt, Mankato; AJ Burns, Washington Elementary, Mankato; Charlie Gengler, LCWM; and John Bittner, Roosevelt Elementary, Mankato.

First Place Team Award went to Monroe Elementary 3. Team members include George Crimmins, Ali El-Haidari, Jaxson Parker, Ian Ray and Thomas Rykhus. Second place went to Roosevelt 3. Team members include Ben O’Neil, John Bittner, Sorn Ehmke, Madalyn Struck and Jasper Rogers. Third place went to St. Peter Middle School 2. Team members include Ethan Borowy, Carter Dale, Evan Embacher, Parker Maloney and Allan Nienow. 

Fifth-grade teams participated from Blue Earth Area Schools; Bridges Community School, Mankato, Hoover Elementary, Mankato; JWP; LCWM; Le Sueur-Henderson Hilltop Elementary; Loyola Catholic Schools; Monroe Elementary, Mankato; Morristown Elementary, WEM; Redwood Valley Middle School, Redwood Falls; Rosa Parks Elementary, Mankato; St. Anthony Elementary, NUACS; St. Clair; St. Mary’s, Sleepy Eye, St. Peter Middle School; Waseca; and Washington Elementary, Mankato. 

Math Masters of Minnesota began as a fifth-grade math competition program in 1989 with teams from 44 schools taking part. In 1995, the competition was expanded to include sixth grade students. This year approximately 5,000 students registered to compete at more than 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 recognizing students for academic effort and achievement. Generous support is provided locally from HyVee and McDonalds.