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Middle School MathCounts team hosts competition

New Richmond Middle School students, as well as students from around the area, competed in a MathCounts competition on Friday, Nov. 21, at the middle school. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
Students from several schools around the area take part in a MathCounts competition on Friday, Nov. 21, at the New Richmond Middle School. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

The New Richmond Middle School MathCounts teams hosted a competition on Friday, Nov. 21, at the middle school with a total of 109 students from six schools taking part.

Out of 17 seventh-grade teams at the meet, the New Richmond’s teams claimed the top three spots. The top eighth-grade team finished in fifth out of 12 teams.

Individually, New Richmond had the 15th place finisher in David Postma, the 13th place finisher in Cooper Eckardt and the third place overall finisher in Nick Andersen.

Competing at Friday’s meet were eighth-graders Nick Andersen, Katie Marano, Jacob Medchill, David Postma, Max Davis, Tori Zinsmeister and Dylan Larson; seventh-graders Collin Campbell, Eliana Fall, Maggie Marx, Brandon Watier, Riley Schachtner, Brandon Dennis, Evan Iverson, Tommy Dorenbush, Katey Eickhoff, Abby Groth, Kaylee Birch, Zoe Davis, Cooper Eckardt, Erik Moberg and Sofia Gigure. Absent from the meet were Nolan Eckert, Kayla Dolezal, Mandy Dolezal and Ryan Affeldt. Captains for the team event included Andersen, Davis, Campbell, Schachtner, Eickhoff and Eckardt.

Other schools who attended Friday’s meet included Hudson (30 students), Rice Lake (19), Osceola (12), Somerset (5) and River Falls (17).

The New Richmond Middle School MathCounts team has been practicing every Tuesday from 3-4 p.m. since the beginning of October. The team is coached by high school math teacher Liz Rasmussen and eighth-grade teacher Maria Miller.

For those students who are also taking part in an after-school sport, they can attend a morning practice on Thursdays with Miller.

“We alternate competitive practice with game days,” Rasmussen said. “On competitive practice days we run through a mock competition in which the students go through a scaled down meet, completing sprint, target and team rounds and ending with a countdown round. On game days I'm looking for leadership, strategy and teamwork skills to help better form teams.”

The group competes in about one meet per month through February when the regionals are held in Delong, Wis.

“From there the students can go on to state as individuals or teams in the Madison MathCounts competition,” Rasmussen said. “We made it last year with our A team and hope to do it again this year.”

Compiled by Jordan Willi

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