After working together on hours of math problems, a group of sixth graders from RVMS recently participated in a Math Masters competition held in Hutchinson.
After working together on hours of math problems, a group of sixth graders from RVMS recently participated in a Math Masters competition held in Hutchinson. The team, which is coached by Amy Grund, included Alexa Steffl, Jenny Vang, Katherine Hawton, Hannah Sturgeon, Trinity Milne, Christian Schmitz and Jenna Whitmore. Math Masters is a program designed to challenge students math skills, as they solve problems at levels higher than what they are studying in the classroom. The program is offered to fifth and sixth graders. More than 5,000 students in Min-nesota competed in 2013. This year’s RVMS team not only competed, it saw some success, as one of its members, Katherine Hawton, placed first, three of its members, including Hawton, Trinity Milne and Christian Schmitz placed in the top 10 in the individual round and the team placed fourth out of 15 teams in the team round. There are several rounds held during a Math Masters contest covering a number of math skills, such as number facts, order of operations, number properties, geometry, money, probability, fractions, decimals, graphing and even pre-algebra. “Some of it is like eighth and ninth grade math,” said Whitmore, adding a lot of it is word problem solving. Some of the students participated one year ago as fifth graders. For them the contest seemed a bit easier, because they had experience. Others, who took part for the first time, felt it was harder – possibly because they were more nervous. Schmitz said he decided to become part of the Math Masters program because he likes math and it is something he is good at. Team members agreed their coach did a good job preparing them for the competition. The team started practicing in December and met twice each week prior to the contest. All agreed being part of the Math Masters program was fun, adding the chance to go and compete against other students, get a t-shirt and get out of school for a day made it all worthwhile. Math Masters was first held in 1995 and is now offered in Minnesota, Wis-consin and Colorado.