On Friday, five Madison Elementary fifth graders who are members of the Mustang Math Masters team, took part in the regional Math Masters of Minnesota Challenge at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School in Moorhead.
Alexis Triptow, Vinny Phan, Brianna Petersen, Emily Schuler, and Magenta Elton, competed individually and as a team on eight sets of mathematical problems in the competition. Under the direction of coach (and Title I math teacher) Toni Stith, the Mustangs placed 9th overall out of the twenty teams participating. Triptow took 5th place overall (out of 97 students) in the individual competition.
Math Masters of Minnesota began as a fifth grade math competition program in 1989 with teams from 44 schools taking part. In 1995, the competition was expanded to include sixth grade. This year, there are approximately 5,000 fifth and sixth graders registered to compete. A team selection test is provided to assist coaches in choosing students to represent their schools. Math Masters is designed to promote excellence in critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities, as well as provide recognition to students for academic effort and achievement.