Fifth graders who participated at the Math Masters Competition.

BL fifth graders participated in the Math Masters Competition

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Fifteen Big Lake fifth graders participated in the Math Masters of Minnesota Regional Competition last month where they took first place in the team event and individual fast fact event.
Big Lake student, Erin Rootes, placed first in the individual fast fact event by completing 75 order of operations facts within five minutes. Other Big Lake students placing in this event include Isaac Flicker (2nd), Mia Huberty (3rd), Vince Dailey (4th), Jacob Boe (5th) and Sam Hagberg (9th).
During the team event, one of Big Lake’s teams successfully worked together to beat 24 other teams by completing three rounds of 10 problem-solving questions within fifteen minutes. This winning team included Jacob Boe, Vince Dailey, Sam Hagberg, Mia Huberty and Erin Rootes. 
The regional competition also included an individual problem-solving event that consisted of four – 10 minute tests with eight problems to solve. Although Big Lake didn’t take first place in this event, Jacob Boe took second place with Vince Dailey, Mia Huberty and Sam Hagberg placing third, fourth and ninth, respectively.
“These students have been working very hard twice a week after school to prepare for the competition,” said Math Masters coach, Edie Stewart. “Their hard work certainly paid off.”
The Math Masters program challenges students to use critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities in mathematics, while recognizing academic effort and achievement. The program is partially funded by the Big Lake Elementary PTO. 


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