Northridge Middle School Wins HU Math Competition

Northridge Middle School of Middlebury, Indiana, took home first place in the annual Huntington University Middle School Mathematics Competition on April 22.

Twenty 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 captured first place (pictured); Discovery Middle School in Granger, Indiana, took second place, and Crestview Middle School from Convoy, Ohio, took third place.

The individual titles were decided by a two-way tie-breaking question. Tina Lu, an eighth grader from Discovery Middle School, captured first place. Jonathan Dugle, an eighth grader from Northridge Middle School earned second place. Third place went to Anna Lucas, an eighth grader from Northridge Middle School, and Katie Cullers, an eighth grader from Bremen Middle School.

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.

Schools competing were: Bremen Middle School, Concord Junior High School, Crestview Middle School (Huntington, Indiana), Crestview Middle School (Convoy, Ohio), Discovery Middle School, Emmaus Lutheran School, Frankfort Middle School, Holy Cross, Lakeland Middle School, Milford Middle School, Northridge Middle School, Pope John Paul II, Queen of Angels, Riverview Middle School, Saint John the Baptist, Saint Paul Catholic School, Selma Middle School, St. Joseph Grade School, St. Louis Academy and Wawasee Middle School.

Hosanna Burr, a sophomore mathematics education major form Columbia, Missouri, served as the student coordinator. The competition was overseen by Dr. Dan Dobbs and Dr. Jeff Lehman from the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at HU.