Students score in Math Olympiads |

Students score in Math Olympiads

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Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / South Tahoe Middle School sixth-grade students who participated in the Math Olympiads are, front row, Samuel Bray, Hannah Green and Rachel Caglia; middle row, Tina Tu, Gregory Baghdikian, Jason Reum, Cameryn Brock, Grant Jones and Erica Aquino; back row, Mariah Meagher and Francisco Marin.

Eleven sixth-grade students from South Tahoe Middle School competed this year in the Math Olympiads, a national mathematics competition. Each month for the past five months students at middle schools throughout the country took an exam consisting of five questions.

These questions could only be answered by going beyond what is taught in the traditional math classroom. As an example, one of the questions was, “Alexis bakes 90 pizzas. Each pizza is cut either into eight small slices or six large slices. Alexis has five small slices for every three large slices. How many of the 90 pizzas are cut into small slices?”

The students met every Monday after school to work on problem solving strategies. Their work paid off as their enthusiasm for exercising the brain blossomed. The top Math Olympiad at South Tahoe Middle School, Samuel Bray, scored in the top 10 percent of the more than 50,000 who participated nationwide. The second- and third-place Olympiads from the South Tahoe team were Hannah Green and Francisco Marin.