Geometry, algebra, statistics come easy to busy contestants
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.