math 24 2019
  • Students participate in annual Math 24 tournament

    Just because students from Bellefonte Area School District don’t participate in the annual 24 Challenge until the spring, doesn’t mean it doesn’t take most of the school year to prepare.

    Students competed at the district math tournament held at Bellefonte Area Middle School. They were eligible to compete at the district level based on results from building tournaments held at each of the district elementary and middle schools. The 24 Challenge is based on the 24 Game that challenges students to create the number 24 by using a series of given numbers.

    Elementary math coach Stephanie Culley said each school annually handles practices differently, but they all start in the fall. Students at Marion-Walker Elementary School generally practiced in the morning before school started; students from Bellefonte Elementary School practiced four days in a weekly cycle during lunch. They, like those at Marion-Walker, practiced with the guidance of Pat Zimmerman. There were 30 students from Pleasant Gap Elementary School who participated in two groups of 15. They practiced every other week during lunch, under direction of a parent volunteer. And those at Benner Elementary School also prepared with fourth- and fifth-grade advisers during free time during the school day.

    Winners of the 2019 district tournament

    Fourth grade
    First place: Brent Ohmit
    Second place: Kayla Leddy
    Third place: Althea Helms

    Fifth grade
    First place: Grant Adams
    Second place: Taylor Gutierrez
    Third place: Landon Bassett

    Sixth grade
    First place: Christian Reigh
    Second place: Paige Thomas
    Third place: Alexis Fravel

    Seventh grade
    First place: Braden Bickle
    Second place: Braedyn Kormanic
    Third place: Ethan Tomasacci

    During the 2017-18 school year, math training that also started in the fall paid off for several students who placed in the finals and semifinals of the regional 24 Challenge held at Lock Haven University-Clearfield campus. Each building with student participants held its own building-level tournament. The top eight students from fourth- through sixth-grades qualified for a district tournament at the middle school. From there 35 students then qualified for the regional tournament.

    *By Brit Milazzo, public relations director, BASD