Students Place in Top Percentiles in Math Con!


Students in grades 5-8 took part in the national math competition, "Math Con" recently. The results came in and several students received 'Honorable Mention' awards for their participation in Math Con, with one student placing in the 98.5 percentile! Students were recognized during an assembly on Friday, March 27th. "This was the first year that Math Con went nationwide," said Assistant Principal Mrs. Panagiosoulis. "We had a great turn-out and great results from our students." Nationwide, 42 states, 330 schools, and 45,000 participated. Springs School had 29 students receiving honorable mentions, including ten students who scored at or above the 90th percentile. Out of the thousands of students who participated,  Annelise Mendelman scored in the 98.5 percentile! "We are so proud of her," said Principal Mr. Casale. "We had over twenty students who placed above the 90th percentile nationwide. It's amazing to see the kids be so proud of this accomplishment, especially with this being our first time out." Mr. Casale is hoping to expand Math Con to include more grades next year. "To see so many kids excited about math is so great," he added. 

 Math Con is a nationwide math competition for grades 5-12 and has two main goals: To contribute to academics by challenging and entertaining students with insightful math problems, and to promote high quality math education. Originally open only to midwestern schools, the program has recently expanded to include schools from all over the country. The contest took place this February, as an online challenge - 40 questions in 50 minutes. Students who scored at the top of their grade level nationally were invited to the University of Illinois at Chicago in April to compete in a "paper and pencil" competition. Last year, 400 students from middle and high schools around the country made it to the finals.