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Saratoga ‘Mathletes’ to compete in state contest

Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 9:54 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 9:56 p.m. CST
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Saratoga School Mathletes will compete in a state math contest March 8.

MORRIS – Teams of sixth-seventh-and eighth-grade students from schools statewide will compete in the Illinois contest of the national MATHCOUNTS program on Saturday at Wyndham Lisle – including four Saratoga School students.

The contest is organized by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) to recognize the achievement in mathematics skills among middle school and junior high students, according to a news release from Saratoga School.

Among the students competing in the state contest will be Kole Fischer, seventh grade; Nisha Patel, eighth grade; Kailey Pierce, eighth grade; and Hunter Welch, seventh grade of Saratoga School in Morris. These four students competed in the chapter contest at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby Feb. 22. Together, they took first place overall as a team qualifying them to compete at the state level.

Students completed two 40-minute individual tests to start out and were then asked to complete one more 20-minute team test. These four students had the drive to persevere through all three tests to come out victorious, according to the release.

MATHCOUNTS is a nationally recognized program designed to both challenge and motivate students to pursue mathematical knowledge.

“We at Saratoga would like to wish them congratulations and the best of luck,” Coach Katie Deters said in the news release.

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