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Somerset Elementary students score high in national math contest

Pictured are the Somerset third-grade National Honor Roll recipients, as well the National Honorable Mention recipients: (front, from left) Emma Settem, Peyton Kirchner, Levi Lindberg; (back, from left) gifted and talented teacher Kay Vater, Dayton Baillargeon, Kane Donnelly and principal Dr. Chris Kamrath. (Photos by Jordan Willi)1 / 2
Pictured are the Somerset fourth-grade National Honor Roll recipients and National Honorable Mention recipients: (from left) Ellie Melvin, Hayley Settem, Malachy Driscoll, Dylan Livingston, Caeden Kreibich, Nolan Harty, gifted and talented teacher Kay Vater, Julia Hills and principal Dr. Chris Kamrath.2 / 2

On April 7, 15 students from Somerset Elementary School — led by elementary/middle school gifted resource & enrichment teacher Kay Vater — competed in the Noetic Learning Math Contest.

Fourth-grade Gifted and Talented math student Caeden Kreibich and third-grade Gifted and Talented math student Peyton Kirchner were team winners for Somerset Elementary while also placing in the top 10 percent of the participating mathletes to earn the their spot on the National Honor Roll. Dylan Livingston, a fourth-grade Gifted and Talented math student, also earned a spot on the honor roll.

The following students received National Honorable Mention for scoring in the top 50 percent of participating mathletes: fourth-grader Ellie Melvin, Hayley Settem, Julia Hills, Nolan Harty and Malachy Driscoll; third-graders Emma Settem, Tristen Otto, Kane Donnelly, Levi Lindberg and Dayton Baillargeon.

Noetic Learning Math Contest is a national mathematics contest for elementary and middle school students. The goal of the competition is to encourage students’ interest in math, to develop their problem solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in math. More than 30,000 students representing 765 schools across the country took part in this spring’s contest.

“Congratulations to all the winners! The contest results demonstrate our students’ great problem solving skills and math talents,” Vater said. “They also show that our students can rise to the occasion and can meet the challenge.”

More detailed information about the Noetic Learning Math Contest can be found at

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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