BAY COUNTY, Fla. - More than 100 students battled it out in a competition today, but it wasn't a test of strength, it was of intelligence. Students from nine Bay District Middle schools competed in the district level math competition called MathCounts.
Each school could bring 24 team members in grades 6th, 7th and 8th. They completed three rounds of testing. The first was a timed sprint round of questions. That was followed by a round of difficult long-form questions and then finishing off the third round with the team competition. The top winners of the district competition will move forward to regionals in February.
"This is like their sport. I mean we call them "Mathletes." This is their time to come and shine and compete and they are around like-minded students. Every student in there is a student who loves math," said math instruction specialist at Bay District Schools Cylle Rowell.
MathCounts classes have been in Bay District schools for about 30 years. It is a national organization run by the American Society of Engineers.
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