Mathletes sweep regional competitions


Valentyna Koudelkova, Staff Writer

Two separate groups of students from Manteo High School and Manteo Middle School competed in the annual spring math contests at Chowan University and Elizabeth City University. Students in all levels of math competed, from Math I to comprehensive.

“The math department is so proud of the students taking part in the math contest this year,” math teacher Liz Brown said.

A total of 30 students attended the competition in Chowan March 18, and one student, sophomore Jessica Hicks, qualified for the state level for her score on the comprehensive test. This test combined skills learned in pre-calculus and higher levels of math. Freshmen Dalton Gibbs, William Pendleton and Wesley Mitchum and sophomore Savannah Midgette also qualified for states at the Chowan University competition. As a team, the Math II students brought home the second place team award and the Math III students won third place.

Twenty five students attended the competition at Elizabeth City University on March 28, with Katherinne Rabanal qualifying for states in geometry and Ethan Driver in Math 1. Sophomore Everett Meekins, juniors Sydney Pearce and Josh Pack, and senior Columbus Dong qualified for states in comprehensive at this contest.  As a whole team, the Math I, geometry and comprehensive teams all brought home first place trophies.

“They represented our school well, and we look forward to having our mathletes participate again next year. Go Math!” Brown said.

Those students who qualified for the next level for comprehensive competed at the North Carolina School of Science and Math on April 14. While at the NCSSM state competition, the five students competing were allowed to tour parts of the campus and play a few math based games with students from all over the state. The students enjoyed the opportunity.

“I really liked traveling to NCSSM as it is completely different from our school here. I can’t wait for next year’s contest!” Hicks said.

The students who qualified at the other levels competed at states in Fayetteville April 28.

“It was a very interesting experience,” Rabanal said. “I learned a lot from attending this year’s math competitions.”