Thirteen middle schools from around the state participated in the 18th annual Middle School Math Competition Thursday, Nov. 15 hosted by the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA). Students competed in individual and team competitions throughout the day.
Teams consisted of no more than 12 students and included representatives from each of the schools’ best and brightest pupils. The tests did not follow a set curriculum. Instead, students were tested on their ability to draw from the math concepts they already knew. The tests covered algebra, geometry and other areas of mathematics.
The overall winner of the event was Caddo Middle Magnet. Subsequent winners were: Second place, Cope Middle School; Third place, Ruston Junior High; Fourth place, Sterlington Middle School; and Fifth place, Natchitoches Magnet.
In the individual tests, top placing students were:
First, Andy Minagar of Caddo Middle Magnet
Second, Nhi Dao of Caddo Middle Magnet
Third, Cal Alexander of Caddo Middle Magnet
Fourth, Maeve Chmielews of St. John Berchman’s Catholic School
Fifth, Landry Pyles of Ruston Junior High
In the team tests, the winners were:
First, Caddo Middle Magnet, Team A
Second, Cope Middle School, Team A
Third, Natchitoches Magnet School, Team A
Fourth, Natchitoches Jr. High School, Team A
Fifth, Caddo Middle Magnet, Team B
Other schools that participated in the event were Pitkin Junior High, Choudrant Junior High, Grace Christian School, Rusheon Middle School, D’Arbonne Woods Charter School and St. Mary’s Catholic School.