By: Jordan N. and Carly P., staff writers
After months of preparation, hard work, and dedication, the Magruder Math Counts Team is ready for the Math Olympiad! Math Counts goals are “to stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics, to introduce important Mathematical concepts, to teach major strategies for problem solving, to foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity, and to provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges.” This year the Math Olympiad, a math competition, was held on Saturday, May 16th, at J. H. Hull Middle School. Mrs. Johnson runs this club and took ten of our top mathematicians to compete against the best schools in the South Bay. Our students were Claire, Christian, Carly, Max, Victor, Yadira, Jordan, Virginia, Esther, and Rita. This was made possible because Exxon Mobil sponsored the Competition. This competition is for grades 6-8. It is a competitive and tough competition. There are two rounds, the first one is the individual round and the second is the team round. The individual round consisted of 10 problems that had to be solved by under 30 minutes. It isn’t just ordinary, average problems. They were a real brain work out where you needed to think a lot in order to solve them. The other round is the team round. Unlike the individual round, in the team round, you get to work as a team to finish 10 problems, but this time the time is down to 20 minutes. Since there are 10 problems and 20 minutes, most teams would prefer to split the problems between the 5 people, so every person would do 2 problems, and then put the answers on the answer sheet. Some of the winners who got perfect on the individual round: Richardson, Oxford, Bert Lynn, Intellectual Virtues Academy, and Dana. It was a very fun competition. It was from 8:45am to 2:00pm, so it was long and we had to stay focused. It was a great experience! The most valuable thing was to see what we could expect in the future so we can try again. It also helps to see what we will be doing in math in 8th grade. Our team tried our best and we had great team work. At the beginning of the competition, as the time went by, our nerves were on edge, but once we reached the exam and worked on it more and more, it became relaxing. It doesn’t have to be all about winning or losing, it is about having fun and trying your best. Working together was a fun experience, where we communicated and helped each other. Math Counts didn’t just make us better in Math, it made us better people. We all would like to thank Mrs. Johnson for her dedication and hard work for sponsoring this amazing team and being there every Wednesday at club time and at the competition.