Geometry, algebra, statistics 
come easy to busy contestants

Sierra Williams, right, of Barone Middle School in Meeker cautiously smiles after winning the countdown round as runnerup Jaspar Carmichael of Delta Middle School grins. Williams was also number one of the top 10 students.

Cyrus Malek-Madani of Paonia Junior High School ponders a math problem in the countdown round at Holy Family Middle School in Grand Junction. He and ten other scholars competed one on one until only one remained. Malek-Madani answered more questions right than any other student in the countdown, but Sierra Williams of Meeker ended up winning in the last round.


moving on up

Teams qualifying for advancement:

First Place, Delta Middle School (Jaspar Carmichael, Justin Lancaster, Austin Germann, Isaac Timbreza)

Second Place, East Middle School (Anij Magill, Noah TerLouw, Stephanie Morrall, Parker Stacy)

Students qualifying for advancement:

Sierra Williams, Meeker, Barone Middle School

Cyrus Malek-Madani, Paonia Junior High School

Baxter Waltermire, Hotchkiss K-8

Marcin Latek, Holy Family Catholic School

Matthew May, Messiah Lutheran

Zack McKeever, Vail Mountain School

Kale Burke, Meeker, Barone Middle School

Jake Mckie, Mancos Middle School

Logan Tarman, Mancos Middle School

Alondra Moreno, Holy Family Catholic School

Hannah Hatheway, Cedaredge Middle School

Jaspar Carmichael worked his mind and body Saturday.

As he did during last year’s MATHCOUNTS competition, the Delta Middle School eighth-grader started the day figuring angles in subjects like geometry.

He ended it by angling to the hoop in an afternoon basketball tournament.

“He had to leave (MATHCOUNTS) early last year and still managed to place higher than anyone else at Delta Middle,” said Danielle Lopez, one of two coaches for the Delta Middle School team that participated in Saturday’s MATHCOUNTS at Holy Family Catholic School in Grand Junction.

These are normal weekends for many of the 120 students, from 15 regional schools, who participated in the 2014 Western Slope MATHCOUNTS Competition.

“I’m sort of the opinion, if they can fit it all in, why not?” Coordinator Mike Curtis said.

Carmichael on Saturday placed second individually among students and helped Delta Middle School take top prize in the team competition. Delta edged its main competition, East Middle School, by one quarter of a point.

“We’d love to say that we fully prepared these boys, but they can’t come to practice because they are super athletic,” Lopez said. “Jaspar, who took second place in the whole thing, has never come to a single practice. They’re very busy kids. They’re overcommitted and very talented.”

Students on Saturday competed as individuals and teams in written exams, as well as fast-paced oral matches in subjects ranging among algebra, statistics and geometry. The top two teams, and top 11 individual competitors, earned the right to compete at the state competition March 15 at Colorado School of Mines. From there, winners advance to the national competition on May 9 in Orlando, Fla.

For that, Carmichael will make time in his schedule.

Does it ever get too busy?

“Never,” he replied.


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