Montello Mathematicians Continue their Medal Hunt

Eighteen Montello students were among hundreds of students from grades 4-8 who traveled to UW-Madison on February 28, 2023 in order to take on other like-minded students from school districts in the greater Madison area.  The competition was a popular math game called Math 24, and each grade level competes at their own version of the card game, with increasing difficulty in each successive grade.  Montello sent 3 students from each of grades 4, 5, 7 and 8, as well as 6 students from 6th grade.

The 4th and 5th graders competed at Union South in the morning.  Deerfield, De Forest, Beloit and other districts were in our division.  FLCS 4th grader Aeden placed 4th using the Double Digits version. Our 5th graders competed using the Variables version and all 3 of them earned a top award: Kinsley placed 1st, Keslie 3rd and Larissa came in 6th!

During the afternoon, students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades had their events.  Montello’s 6th graders also won more than their share of the hardware, with Elly earning the gold, and Chase the bronze medal in the Integers version. 

On March 7th, the final Math 24 tournament of the season was held in Wisconsin Dells, thanks to the generous support of Buffalo Phil’s, where the competition was held.  Montello sent a team from each of the 4th and 5th grades, and 2 teams of 6th graders.  The collective winnings of FLCS students in grades 4 to 6 was 4 of the 9 medals as well as 2 of 9 ribbons.  There were 9 schools at the event.  In the 4th grade Single Digits division, Aieden earned 4th place.  Fifth graders competed in the Double Digits version, with Keslie taking the 6th place ribbon, and Kinsley completing her season undefeated, again winning first place!  The 6th graders also dominated the field, with William earning the 5th place ribbon, Evan the 3rd place medal and Chase beating the very competitive field and taking home the gold.

The Math 24 tournaments are made possible through Montello’s involvement with the Central Wisconsin Talented and Gifted coalition and the Greater Dane County Advanced Learner’s Network.  Coach Nancy Stippich also acknowledges the help of proctors Tom O’Malley, Mike Ott, Hannah Kopmeyer, Skye O’Malley and Rhylin Donarski-Domar, the support of MSD teachers, administration, parents and Matt Faltz, GP3 Program Director. Congratulations to our hard-working students and all those who support their efforts!