Northridge Middle School takes first at HU math competition

Team Second Place:
Edgewood Middle School
Team Third Place:
Riverview Middle School
Individual Winners:
Austin Miller, Brandon
Plummer and Joshua Miller

HUNTINGTON, Ind.- Northridge Middle School in Middlebury, Ind., (shown above) took first place at the Huntington University Middle School Mathematics Competition on April 20.

Seventeen area middle schools competed Wednesday for individual and team awards in demonstration of mathematical abilities. The goal of the competition was to support and encourage the efforts of students seeking to achieve in mathematics.

In the team competition, Edgewood Middle School from Warsaw, Ind., took second place with 610 points, and Riverview Middle School from Huntington, Ind., took third with 525 points. Northridge Middle scored 630 points.

In the individual competition, first place went to Austin Miller, an eighth grader from Northridge Middle School, with 175 points; second place went to Joshua Miller, an eighth grader from Edgewood Middle School, with 170 points; and third place went to Brandon Plummer, an eighth grader from Northridge Middle School, with 165 points.

Other schools competing were Anderson Christian School, Anderson, Ind.; Bluffton-Harrison Middle School, Bluffton, Ind.; Concord Junior High School, Elkhart, Ind.; Continental Middle School, Continental, Ohio; Garrett Middle School, Garrett, Ind.; Milford Middle School, Milford, Ind.; Parkway Middle School, Rockford, Ohio; Queen of Angels School, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Rossville Middle School, Rossville, Ind.; Selma Middle School, Selma, Ind.; St. Joseph St. Elizabeth School, Fort Wayne, Ind.; St. Mary's School, Anderson, Ind.; St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran School, Decatur, Ind.; and Wawasee Middle School, Syracuse, Ind.

The mathematics competition is made up of three rounds. The first round is a 20-question written exam comprised of questions from algebra, geometry and general mathematics. Students can earn a total of 100 points for the exam. The individual round of the competition is made up of 10 questions. Students are given a minute and a half to complete each question. Each question answered correctly earns a student 10 points. The final round - the 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.