Miller students participate in national academic competitions

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Submitted/Pictured from left are fifth-grader Isabella Leak, fourth-grader Alec Mallari, fifth-grader Erik Roell, Principal Marge Fopeano, gifted and talented teacher Kelly Hunt, fifth-grader Hans Derek Yu, fifth-grader Jeff Quicksall and fourth-grader Christine Castellano. The students are recognized for their outstanding performance in the WordMasters Challenge. Submitted/Pictured from left are fifth-grader Isabella Leak, fourth-grader Alec Mallari, fifth-grader Erik Roell, Principal Marge Fopeano, gifted and talented teacher Kelly Hunt, fifth-grader Hans Derek Yu, fifth-grader Jeff Quicksall and fourth-grader Christine Castellano. The students are recognized for their outstanding performance in the WordMasters Challenge.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP ­­– Several students at the Dr. Joyanne D. Miller School have been recognized for their achievement in national competitions that tested their math and vocabulary skills.

Miller students participated in the WordMasters Challenge, a national competition for students in grades three to eight that encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning. 

Each year, nearly 250,000 students from some of the best public and private schools throughout the United States participate in the WordMasters Challenge.

On each test, students can score a maximum of 20 points. 

For the first test, Jeffrey Quicksall was the high scorer in fifth grade with a total of 19 correct out of 20.  In fourth grade, Alec Mallari had the honor of the highest score, with 18 correct. Fifth-graders Isabella Leak, Erik Roell, and Hans Derek Yu and fourth-grader Christine Castellano also scored high on the test, with 17 points each.

For the team competition, top honors went to Kim Pettit’s class in fifth grade and Kristi Pieretti’s class in fourth grade.  Each class will house the WordMaster Challenge trophy for the trimester, but will need to work hard to keep it after the second test.

Miller students’ math skills were put to the test in the Math Olympiad competition. Now in its 34th year, the international competition has more than 150,000 students competing on more than 6,000 teams in all 50 states and in about 30 foreign countries.  This year is the Miller School’s third year of competition. 

For each of the five tests, fourth- and fifth-grade accelerated math students are given five questions and must complete them in the allotted time. 

Fifth-graders Hans Derek Yu and Gabe Gaw and fourth-grader Kim Kline scored a perfect 5 on the first test.

Submitted/Shown are Principal Marge Fopeano, fifth-grader Gabe Gaw, fourth-grader Kim Kline, fifth-grader Hans Derek Yu, gifted and talented teacher Kelly Hunt. The students scored a perfect 5 in the Math Olympiad competition. Submitted/Shown are Principal Marge Fopeano, fifth-grader Gabe Gaw, fourth-grader Kim Kline, fifth-grader Hans Derek Yu, gifted and talented teacher Kelly Hunt. The students scored a perfect 5 in the Math Olympiad competition.


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