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Mathcounts — we have a team!

February 8, 2007

Somehow all the cajoling and bribery worked out, and we have a 4th member for our Mathcounts team! She is a 6th grader who doesn’t feel ready, but we have convinced her that anything she contributes is great, and even if she does poorly this year, the experience will help her for future years. Having a full team despite the small size of our school means so much to my oldest son, who is in his last year of Mathcounts. I must admit that I am also proud that despite our tiny size we can field a full, and I believe respectably competent, team! We have our chapter competition coming up this weekend, so wish them luck!

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  1. February 18, 2007 7:35 pm

    That’s great! How did it go for them? This was my first year to be involved with Math Counts, and I have really enjoyed it.

  2. February 18, 2007 9:45 pm

    Everyone had a great time, and the 6th and 7th grader on the team want to do it again next year, and were talking about who they’d be able to convince to join them so they’d have a full team again. So as far as I’m concerned, the day was successful!

    Score-wise, they came in middle of the pack, meaning most schools’ official teams beat them, and they beat most of the “individual” teams. (If a school brings individuals in addition to a team, our district combines them into teams of 4 to do the team round.) I’m quite satisfied with that showing, considering how small a pool of recruits we had, and the fact that most of them hadn’t committed to doing it until shortly before the actual competition, so they had no serious prep.

    My son, who’s pretty serious about Mathcounts, made countdown, but due to the complicated way that individuals are chosen for State, we won’t know if he made it to State as an individual until sometime next week.

    Thanks for asking! How was your first meet?

  3. February 19, 2007 8:47 am

    I’m glad it went well! If the kids are plotting who to draft for next year, that’s certainly a good sign.

    This was our team’s second year, though it was my first. We surprised everyone with how well we did, knocking out the local powerhouse school that had won the last four or five years. We have one 8th-grader who is very advanced in math, but we still didn’t expect that good of finish. So now we are going over the old state tests, trying to guess what they should expect in two weeks.

    And I’m trying to convince my son to try out for next year’s team. He didn’t want to have anything to do with it this year (because Mom was teaching), but I think he would be a good addition. He’s not nearly as advanced as the 8th-grader we’re losing, but Singapore math has given him a strong background in geometry and problem-solving. He’s pretty good at math, but history is his “thing”—if it was a history contest, I bet he’d sign up in a snap!

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