Holy Family School’s Middle School Math Team earned four awards at the annual St. Joseph's Academy Math Tournament for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students.
Michael Comeau, Principal of Holy Family School, said involving students in math competitions is an important part of the math program. The goals of mathematics competitions are to increase motivation, excitement and interest in mathematics.
Preparation for a competition in mathematics may demand independent study because many competitions require rapid and accurate answers under pressure. Some competitions in mathematics include group problem solving activities where team work and collaboration are important.
The competition at St. Joseph’s focuses on competing individually as well as in teams. The team relay consists of students across multiple schools. These students are to work together to solve math problems.
Students run to the SJA team moderator, pop a balloon, grab the mathematical problem, then work out the problem with their team. There were 8 to 10 other Catholic schools that competed as well.
The following students won with their respective teams: Baleigh Tanner placed first for team relay, Hunter Distefano (not pictured) placed second for team relay, Brein Ledford placed third for team relay, and Weston Miller placed first for team relay.