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For the Love of Math

 Individual - Sophia Lavigne
Individual - Sophia Lavigne
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Middle school seventh and eighth grade students from OCS and Infant of Prague gathered at Clyde Erwin Elementary School Feb. 1, to test their math prowess.

Each team consists of four students and up to two alternates.  The competition encompassed four rounds — two individual competitions and two team centered competitions:

·    Sprint Round: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have 40 minutes to complete 30 math problems without a calculator.

·    Target Round: focuses on problem solving and mathematical reasoning.       Students receive four pairs of problems and have six minutes to complete each pair, assuming the use of a calculator.

·    Team Round: focuses on problem solving and collaboration. Students have 20 minutes to complete 10 math problems, assuming the use of a calculator.

·    Ciphering/Countdown Round: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have a maximum of 60 seconds (at our local round) per problem without a calculator.


To prepare for the competition and sharpen their skills in algebra, geometry, probability and problem solving, coaches meet regularly with math club students beginning each fall and throughout the school year. 

Middle School MathCounts is part of a large nationwide MathCounts Competition.  All the teams will move on to Regional MathCounts Feb. 17, at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington.

The competition is designed to stimulate student’s interest and achievement in mathematics, and build confidence and improve attitudes towards math and problem solving.


Individual Competition – Sophia Lavigne (New Bridge Middle), First Place; Jacob Moats (Jacksonville Commons Middle), Second Place; Darrick Zhang (Jacksonville Commons Middle), Third Place.

Team Competition – Jacksonville Commons Middle, First Place; Swansboro Middle, Second Place; Hunters Creek Middle, Third Place.

Ciphering Competition – Jacksonville Commons Middle, First Place; Hunters Creek Middle, Second Place; Dixon Middle, Third Place.

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