Mann advances to state MathCounts competition

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Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 12:00 am

Two Gretna Middle School students finished in the top 10 out of 200 participants in the regional MathCounts competition Feb. 15.

Placing third overall and advancing to the state competition was eighth-grader Jacob Mann. Seventh-grader Camden Olds finished ninth but didn’t advance to state.

As a team, Gretna Middle School finished eighth out of 29 teams. Omaha Brownell-Talbot won the event.

Mann and Olds both competed on the Gretna team and as individuals. Other team members were Harrison Kallman and Kaitlyn Ryan. Both also competed as individuals as well.

Gretna students who competed as individuals were Christian Bokowski, Marissa Ellingson, Casey Downing and Max Mannewitz.

The contest took place at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 72nd and Grover Streets. Teams came from public and private middle schools across the Omaha area.

The students competed in target, sprint and team rounds, wrestling with mind-boggling math problems.

Teams must solve problems like this one:

A four-digit perfect square integer is created by placing two positive two-digit perfect square integers next to each other. What is the four-digit square integer? The answer, according to the folks at MathCounts, is 1681.

The day wrapped up with a high-pressure countdown round featuring the day’s top-scoring students competing head-to-head in a quiz-show style, buzzing in quickly to answer.

Second place went to George F. Russell Middle School of the Millard Public Schools. In third was Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School of the Omaha Public Schools.

The top four teams and top four individuals not on one of those teams advance to Nebraska’s state MathCounts competition next month.

World-Herald News Service contributed to this report.

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