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Northridge MS wins HU math competition

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Northridge Middle School of Middlebury, Indiana, took home first place in the annual Huntington University Middle School Mathematics Competition held on April 12.

“The HU mathematics competition is an excellent way for area students to stretch themselves and engage with interesting mathematics. We are proud of all who participated and hope they will continue to pursue new mathematical challenges,” said Dr. Brian Rice, Assistant Professor of Mathematics.

Nineteen area middle schools and one home school student 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 St. Joseph Grade School from South Bend, Indiana took third place.

For the individual competition, Drew Stahly, a seventh grader from Northridge Middle School captured first place. Ben Seiltz, an eighth grader from Northridge Middle School, earned second place. Drake Du, a seventh grade home school student from Copley, Ohio edged out Grace Waddell from Discovery Middle School and Kevin Wang from Northridge Middle School to win third place.

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 or “lightning” round of the competition is made up of ten questions. Students are given two minutes to complete each question. Each question answered correctly earns the 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, Concordia Lutheran Elementary, Crestview Middle School, Crestview Middle School (Ohio), Discovery Middle School, Emmaus Lutheran School, Holy Cross (Anderson), Holy Cross (South Bend), Holy Cross Lutheran School, Lakeland Middle School, Miami Middle School, Northridge Middle School, Pope John Paul II Middle School, Saint Paul Catholic School, Saints Joan of Arc and Patrick School, St. Joseph Grade School, Woodside Middle School, and Zion Lutheran School.

Aspen Dirr, an HU sophomore mathematics education major from Angola, Indiana, served as the student coordinator with help from additional students majoring in mathematics and computer science. The competition was overseen by Rice and Dr. Jeff Lehman from Huntington University’s mathematics and computer science departments.

Individual HU math competition winners from left to right are Drake Du, a seventh grade home school student from Copley, Ohio, won third place; Ben Seiltz, an eighth grader from Northridge Middle School, earned second place; and Drew Stahly, a seventh grader from Northridge Middle School captured first.