It All Adds Up

Ohio County students showed off their math chops by ranking first over four other counties at the RESA 6 Math Field Day on Saturday at Wheeling Park High School.

Ohio County students ranked first in total points out of 142 competitors, and three Ohio County students took the lead in grades 10-12, earning the first three places in the category. It is also the first time Ohio County has ranked first in total points in grades 4-9.

“We’ve been building momentum for the last three years,” said Sue Hvizdos, WPHS math teacher. “It’s been gradual. The kids, the coaching, it’s been a total package. That’s what makes it so special, the fact that grades 4-9 are doing so well competing with students in this area.”

Wheeling Park High School student Jay Coleman took first in grades 10-12 and Linwei Zhang, Wheeling Central High School, and Ike Tan, WPHS, took second and third, respectively. Ohio County students Cesar Chen, Moujhuri Sau, Anusha Reddy and Ji Min Yoon also placed in the top 10 in the high school category and will move on to the state competition against 70 other Mountain State students at West Virginia State University in Institute, W.Va., in April.

“I’ve done this for three years,” Coleman said. “It’s always been an interesting experience. It came from Math Counts in middle school, and this is definitely very different in terms of questions, but overall, it’s a good competition.”

Students from Brooke County placed first in grades 5, 6, 7 and 9, while Wetzel County students took first in grades 4 and 8. Students from Marshall and Hancock counties also competed.

Grades 4-9 competed in sessions including mental math exact, mental math estimate and grades 4-8 participated in estimation rooms. High school students competed in a short answer session, which consisted of answering two questions in 10 minutes with no partial credit.

“The short answers are brutal, but these students are just wonderful,” Hvizdos said. “They’re great kids. I have the best job ever.”