Mercer County Wins Math Field Day Competition at Concord

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 12 2006

Mercer County Wins Math Field Day Competition at Concord

Athens, W.Va. – Mercer County was the overall winner in the Region I Math Field Day competition held at Concord University on Saturday, March 25, 2006, with a score of 99.1 in the combined 4-9 and 10-12 categories. Raleigh County came in second with a score of 90.9, followed by Wyoming County with a score of 86.4. McDowell County and Summers County also participated.

First-, second- and third-place winners from each grade category will advance to the state competition, which will be held at Marshall University April 28 and 29.

First-, second- and third-place winners and the counties they represent are as follows:

FOURTH GRADE-Molly Lovern, Mercer; Tyler Ramsey, Mercer; Patrick Parmer, Summers

FIFTH GRADE-Jonathan Wright, Mercer; J.T. Roberts, Mercer; Tyler Richards, Mercer

SIXTH GRADE-Nick Stinson, Mercer; J.J. McPherson, Mercer; Ian Lovern, Mercer

SEVENTH GRADE-Adam Mills, Mercer; Jordan Carinelli, Mercer; Thomas Lusk, Mercer

EIGHTH GRADE-Rami Zein, Mercer; Cameron Morgan, Mercer; Diane Shahan; Mercer

NINTH GRADE-Mark Pullins, Mercer; C.J. Jackson, Mercer; Lanny Meadows, Raleigh

GRADES 10-12-Josh Hendrix, Mercer; Branden Adams, Wyoming; James Tuggle, Raleigh

Others who participated included (listed by county):

MCDOWELL-Amanda Bailey, Dillion Blankenship, Billy Brooks, Danielle Carter, Terry Chatman, Shawn Cheeks, George Cline, Emily Crabtree, Jason Deskins, Gary Estep, McKinsie Evans, Jessica Ferrell, Matthew Grizzel, Thomas Hagy, Jalica Hickman, Brandon Hunt, Gabriel Hunt, Cortney Justice, Trey Lockhart, Robby Newberry, Ryan Rhodes, Sarah Short, Aaron Whittaker

MERCER-David Brock, Joel Ferris, Brian Filer, Keith Filer, Amber Inman, Courtney Morgan, Bradley Thompson

RALEIGH-Kristen Adams, Ian Barley, Jimmy Barnett, Joshua Buckland, Mihir Dave, Brock Duarte, Brian Hough, Kevin Hough, Morgan Huang, Katie Jarrell, Kelli Jarrell, Jessie Kelly, Chaitra Mahan, Evan Meadows, Michael Meadows, Chaunte McDowell, Andrew Poszich, Brian Shorts, Lindsay Smith, Harish Tummala, Shannon Underwood

SUMMERS-Luis Armendariz, Nicholas Bennett, Scott Bennett, Cynthia Bollinger, Allen Brown, Jacob Burdette, Davonna Cales, James Enoch, Samantha Fox, Monica Gilpin, Tyler Green, Chris Littlejohn, Lakyn Lively, Bradley Luckton, Mary Maier, Kristen Richmond, Felicia Stover, Lars Swanson, Mark Upton, Nicholas Vass, Amber Wickline

WYOMING-Dylan Adams, Brittany Bailey, Kelsey Bailey, Whitney Bailey, Maria Browning, Jodi Canada, Caleb Cook, Adam Cozort, Emily Fleshman, Matthew Harless, Trey Hunt, Joey Lupardus, Joselyn Lupardus, Brian Lusk, David Rice, Stephen Ross, Isaac Snuffer, Blair Staton, Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Tilley, Nikki Richardson, Katie Shell, Zach Whitten

Approximately 115 students from McDowell, Mercer, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming counties participated in the event.

The first Math Field Day was held in 1976. Activities for grades 4-9 included exams, mental math, short answers, estimations and relays. Activities for grades 10-12 included exams, power questions, team questions, short answers and relays.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assesses mathematics every two years in grades 4, 8, and 12 for the nation and in grades 4 and 8 for the states. The last assessment was in 2005 and average scores were higher in 2005 than in previous assessment years at both grades four and eight. West Virginia had lower than average results than the nation.

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair Lawrence J. Griffith, said that, “This competition allows us to demonstrate that mathematics can be fun through games that are challenging and educational. We need to continue to focus on improving mathematics skills in our public schools and this competition is one way to do this.”

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