BMS Mathcounts team concludes season

BMS Mathcounts team concludes season
Posted on 03/01/2023
BMS Mathcounts team

The Bellefontaine Middle School Mathcounts team wrapped up its season on Saturday.

BMS competed in the Dayton Regional Mathcounts event at Wright State University.

For the first time in three years, Mathcounts participated in person after restrictions from the pandemic were lifted.

The competition started with the Sprint Round. This round consists of 30 questions that need to be completed in 40 minutes without a calculator.

After a small break, students competed in the Target Round. This round consists of eight problems where you’re given 6 minutes to complete sets of two questions. A calculator is permitted.

The final part of the competition was the Team Round. A group of four students were tasked with completing 10 problems in 20 minutes. A calculator is permitted.

BMS competed against the following middle schools: Coldwater, Miami Valley, Incarnation, Ankeney, Dayton Regional STEM School, Watts, Lima Shawnee, Tipp City, Coy, Franklin Monroe, and Magsig.

The Bellefontaine team consisted of mathletes:

Caden Yoder (7th grade)

Ta'kyis Savage (7th grade)

Brody Miranda (7th grade)

Isabella Welch (7th grade)

Bellefontaine's individual participant was:

Maxton Miranda (6th grade)

Other Bellefontaine club members include:

Rylee Crabtree (6th grade)

Antonio Avalos Mendez (6th grade)

Yoder led the Chiefs. He placed 21st out of 81 students.

Magsig Middle School won the Dayton Regional Chapter Competition and Miami Valley School was the runner-up. Magsig and Miami Valley School will represent the Dayton Region in the State Mathcounts competition at the end of March.

Lawrence Miller has coached the BMS Mathcounts team the last four years.

He said, “My favorite part of coaching Mathcounts is seeing how much math the mathletes retain as the year progresses. You can tell that students are grasping this information and can apply that information into more complicated questions.

“Bellefontaine Middle School is the only school in the tri-county area that participates in Mathcounts. My goal is to get Mathcounts out in the public so that more local schools can start this program since math is such a fundamental pillar in STEM education.”

Mathcounts is an after school club that meets once a week for roughly an hour. Topics in the competition range from Algebra, Geometry, Probability, Number Theory, and miscellaneous general math.

Mathcounts is only available from 6th to 8th grade. Mathcounts will start up next season after Labor Day.

Photo, left to right: Coach Lawrence Miller, Isabella Welch, Maxton Miranda, Ta'kyis Savage, Brody Miranda, and Caden Yoder

BMS Mathcounts team
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