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Middle School Mathematics Competition

Northridge Middle School of Middlebury, Indiana, took home first place in the annual Huntington University Middle School Mathematics Competition on April 11.

Sixteen area middle schools competed for individual and team awards while demonstrating their mathematical abilities. The goal of the competition is to support and encourage the efforts of students seeking to achieve in mathematics. For the team competition, Northridge Middle School from Middlebury, Indiana, captured first place, Discovery Middle School from Granger, Indiana, took second place and Bremen Middle School from Bremen, Indiana, took third place.

For the individual competition, Jaxon Miller, a seventh grader from Northridge Middle School captured first place. Drew Stahly, an eighth grader from Northridge Middle School earned second place. Kevin Wang, eighth grader from Northridge Middle School earned third place.

The mathematics competition is made up of three rounds. The first round is a 15-question multiple-choice exam comprised of questions from algebra, geometry and general mathematics. Students can earn a total of 105 points for the exam. The short-answer round of the competition is made up of five questions worth 10 points each. Students are given eight minutes to complete the questions. The final round, the only team round, provides additional points for the team score. Students are provided with several problems that are more challenging and best solved through the cooperative efforts of the team. A total of 50 points is possible for the final round.

Schools competing were: Ayersville Schools, Bremen Middle School, Canterbury Middle School, Concordia Lutheran, Crestview Middle School, Crestview Middle School (Ohio), Discovery Middle School, Holy Cross, Milford Middle School, Lakeland Middle School, Northridge Middle School, Riverview Middle School, St. Joseph Grade School, Saint Paul Catholic School, St. Vincent de Paul, and Woodside Middle School.

Aspen Dirr, a Huntington University Junior Mathematics Education major from Angola, Indiana, served as the student coordinator with help from students majoring in mathematics and computer Science. The competition was overseen by Dr. Andrew Hoffman, Dr. Brian Rice, and Dr. Jeff Lehman from the mathematics and computer science department at Huntington University.