2018-05-18 / Community News

Middle school math teams finish strong at state meet

Special to the Leader

Scarborough Middle School math teams performed well at the state math meet on May 1. There were 29 schools who participated in the state meet held at the Portland Expo.

Math team members completed problems in three categories: arithmetic, geometry, and team problem solving.

The sixth-grade team finished in first place with a perfect team problem solving score. The seventh grade team finished in second place, while the eighth-grade team finished in third place.

The following students received individual medals for their performance in arithmetic and geometry:

• Sixth-graders: Priyanka Mittal, first place, Alisha Mitta, second place and Brayden Couture, fifth place.

• Seventh-grader: Adam Bendetson, first place.

• Eighth-grader: Nathan Robinson, third place.

The math team consists of 52 students in grades 6, 7 and 8.

Students make a commitment to their team and practice weekly after school. Three regular math meets are held during the school year prior to the final state meet.

Each middle school team has placed at several meets during the regular season culminating in a strong finish at the state meet.

“The kids are highly motivated, exceptional problem solvers and work well together,” said Randee-Sue Allen, the sixth grade coach. “Our kids get lots of encouragement and support from their parents. Our success is truly a team effort.”

During the school year the three teams are combined to celebrate their love of math in February and Pi Day in March.

Younger members are inspired and challenged by the older ones, enriching the mathematical learning experience.

Scarborough Middle School math teams are coached by teachers of mathematics at the middle school.

Mary Ann Page coaches the eighth grade team, Nathan Wentworth coaches the seventh grade team, and Allen coaches the sixth-graders.

Quite a few of the students who join math team in sixth grade continue through seventh and eighth grade and the coaches are always looking for new members to grow the program.

“During practices, students work on challenging problems, demonstrate perseverance and continually help each other to understand the math. It is impressive to see how well the students work together as a team and are incredibly supportive of each other,” Page said.

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