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  • Marvelous math minds

  • Spending a Saturday solving mathematical problems is probably not how most elementary students dream of spending their weekend, but five Osage Beach Elementary students did just that.
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  • Spending a Saturday solving mathematical problems is probably not how most elementary students dream of spending their weekend, but five Osage Beach Elementary students did just that.
    On Saturday, April 12, a group of fourth grade students traveled to Rolla to participate in the regional Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) contest.
    During the elite competition, students competed in different events including a Number Sense test, a Target Event test, Sprint Event and the Team Event. The events were about more than simple addition and subtraction. Most of the problems were complex word problems that were a grade level or two above their fourth grade level.
    Months before the contest day, students arrived at school early and some days even stayed late to prepare for the upcoming competition.  
    On the day of the contest, recognition was given to students who earned the five highest scores in each event. Osage Beach Elementary's own Johnathon Westhusing received a ribbon for placing fifth  in the Number Sense portion of the test. Marah Surdyke, Kailey Baker, Maile Huffman, and Ava O’Neil also received participation ribbons as part of the Osage Beach Elementary team.
    Principal Renee Slack said that attending competitions like MCTM are very eye opening for her students. The team did not advance to the next stage in competition but was inspired and motivated to continue learning and to compete even better next year.
    The future looks bright these students. One may just be the next world renown engineer or mathematician.

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