Egg Harbor Township students take top prizes at Jersey Shore Mathletes Competition

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Laura Stetser/From left are Dr. Joyanne D. Miller School fifth graders Kimberly Kline, Gus Buzby, Joseph Johnston, Ethan Saul, Mikki Pomatto and Samantha Phung. Laura Stetser/From left are Dr. Joyanne D. Miller School fifth graders Kimberly Kline, Gus Buzby, Joseph Johnston, Ethan Saul, Mikki Pomatto and Samantha Phung.

Event attendance doubled over last year’s tournament

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – When a recipe is a success, the next time you make it you tend to double it so that there is enough of it to go around to all of the hungry mouths that are clamoring for a piece.

On Saturday, the winning recipe being doubled was that of the area’s only regional mathematics competition – the Jersey Shore Mathletes Competition – and the hungry mouths were substituted by the hungry minds of more than 160 contestants.

Hosted by the Egg Harbor Township Public School District with generous cooperation from Richard Stockton College School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, four-hour tournament is the brainchild of Board of Education member Thor Himley.

Twenty-six teams of fourth and fifth grade students filled the cafeteria at the Dr. Joyanne D. Miller School in Egg Harbor Township to compete in the team and individual challenges. Last year a total of 13 five-member teams came to compete.

“Having the number of teams jump from 13 to 26 demonstrates the need for this type of tournament,” said Miller School Principal Latifah Potter, who helped organize the event with Joan Day. “These schools and students are looking for this type of competition.”

 Potter said this year, the event organizers allowed schools to send alternate members for the teams as well, adding to the number of students in attendance. Parents, teachers and friends gathered to support the student mathletes as well.

 Fifth grader Kimberly Kline and fourth grader Brian Zheng, both of Egg Harbor Township won first place for their individual challenges.

 The Miller School’s fifth grade “A+ team” of Joseph Johnston, Kimberly Kline, Samantha Phung, Mikki Pomatto and Ethan Saul topped a very competitive field of nineteen other fifth grade teams for the team competition.

 The Miller “Mathqueteers” fourth grade team of Brian Zheng, Scott Hiltner, James White, Dylan Faulhaber and Sheikh Mahmud beat out six other fourth grade teams for first place in the fourth grade team category.

 Participating schools included Egg Harbor Township, Pleasantville, Dennis Township, Buena, Somers Point, Mullica Township, Egg Harbor City, Margate, Mays Landing, Absecon, Atlantic City, Linwood and Wilmington, Del.

The individual portion of the competition featured 10 problems like this one: “What is the value of 2500+2499-2498-2497+2496+2495-2494-2493+…+4+3-2-1, if the pattern of the addition of two consecutive integers alternating with the subtraction of two consecutive integers is followed throughout?”

 No calculators were allowed and the students had only 30 minutes to complete the work.

The team portion also challenged the 10- and 11-year-olds with questions such as “What is the least multiple of 12 that is greater than 200?”

The teams had only 20 minutes to complete the 10 problems without the help of calculators.

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  Laura Stetser/Fifth grader Nathan Donohue, 11, of Odyssey Charter School in Delaware demonstrates how he solved one of the team math problems. Laura Stetser/Fifth grader Nathan Donohue, 11, of Odyssey Charter School in Delaware demonstrates how he solved one of the team math problems.

Laura Stetser/Pictured from left are Pleasantville North Main Street School teacher Brian Kavanaugh, fourth grader Brooklyn Medley, fifth graders Lizbeth Sanchez-Flores, Areli Valverde-Serrano, Lizbeth Magdeleno-Zamora, Daeshaun Ward, Carlos Barraglaga and teacher Darryl Ramsey. Laura Stetser/Pictured from left are Pleasantville North Main Street School teacher Brian Kavanaugh, fourth grader Brooklyn Medley, fifth graders Lizbeth Sanchez-Flores, Areli Valverde-Serrano, Lizbeth Magdeleno-Zamora, Daeshaun Ward, Carlos Barraglaga and teacher Darryl Ramsey.

Laura Stetser/From left in top row are Belhaven Middle School teacher Kristina Burns and Gina Wenzel, fifth grade students Mary Kate Merenich, Julianna Evinski, Shrey Patel, Daniel Wise and Jonah Begleiter and Seaview Elementary School teacher Jennifer Costello. In front from left are Seaview fourth graders Arya Patel, Mia Gagliardi, Jackson Waters, Aaryan Deshpande, Julia Thorton and Taylor Stauffer. Laura Stetser/From left in top row are Belhaven Middle School teacher Kristina Burns and Gina Wenzel, fifth grade students Mary Kate Merenich, Julianna Evinski, Shrey Patel, Daniel Wise and Jonah Begleiter and Seaview Elementary School teacher Jennifer Costello. In front from left are Seaview fourth graders Arya Patel, Mia Gagliardi, Jackson Waters, Aaryan Deshpande, Julia Thorton and Taylor Stauffer.

Laura Stetser/From left are Hess School fifth graders Alexi Phommathep, Rachel Bustard, Jayden Anaya, Justin Haye and Daniel Cooper. Laura Stetser/From left are Hess School fifth graders Alexi Phommathep, Rachel Bustard, Jayden Anaya, Justin Haye and Daniel Cooper.


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