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Ohio County ranks first at math competition

March 5, 2013
By SARAH HARMON Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

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."

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Photo by John McCabe
Representing Ohio County schools during the RESA 6 Math Field Day are, from left, Lillian Bischof, Sara Palmer, Charlize George and McKenna Dunbar. The event was held Saturday at Wheeling Park High School.

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.

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The winners and alternates at the RESA 6 Math Field Day in each grade are as follows:

  • Grade 4

Estimation Room Winner: Fiona Hutchison (Ohio County)

First Alternate: Abigail Mauck (Ohio County)

Third Place: Fiona Hutchison (Ohio County)

Second Place: Ethan Robey (Brooke County)

First Place: Presley Pierce (Wetzel County)

  • Grade 5

Estimation Room Winner: Johnny Bober (Brooke County)

First Alternate: Joshua Rice (Wetzel County)

Third Place: Brooke Camiletti (Brooke County)

Second Place: Jillian Blair (Ohio County)

First Place: Riley McAllister (Brooke)

  • Grade 6

Estimation Room Winner: Nathaniel Mountford (Ohio County)

First Alternate: Nathaniel Mountford (Ohio County)

Third Place: Hayden Thomas (Marshall County)

Second Place: Emily Donley (Brooke County)

First Place: Connor Combs (Brooke County)

  • Grade 7

Estimation Room Winner: Margaret Camilletti (Brooke County)

First Alternate: Allison Holmstrand (Ohio County)

Third Place: Morgan Glass (Ohio County)

Second Place: Fiona Zhang (Ohio County)

First Place: Margaret Camilletti (Brooke County)

  • Grade 8

Estimation Room Winner: William Sellers

First Alternate: Dylan Conner (Wetzel County)

Third Place: Logan Ingram (Marshall County)

Second Place: Rhiannon Macom (Brooke County)

First Place: William Sellers (Ohio County)

  • Grade 9

First Alternate: Gavin Shaffer (Brooke County)

Third Place: Thomas Nagy (Ohio County)

Second Place: Kayley Miller (Ohio County)

First Place: Dalton Minger (Brooke County)

  • Grades 10-12

Fourth Alternate: Khai Nguyen (Marshall County)

Third Alternate: Rosemary Targosky (Marshall County)

Second Alternate: Jacob Heilman (Brooke County)

First Alternate: Peng Zhao (Brooke County)

10th Place: Ji Min Yoon (Ohio County)

Ninth Place: Nash Burke (Marshall County)

Eighth Place: Anusha Reddy (Ohio County)

Seventh Place: Moujhuri Sau (Ohio County)

Sixth Place: Cesar Chen (Ohio County)

Fifth Place: Paragg Gupta (Brooke County)

Fourth Place: Candice Kesselering (Marshall County)

Third Place: Ike Tan (Ohio County)

Second Place: Linwei Zhang (Ohio County)

First Place: Jay Coleman (Ohio County)

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."

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