DOBSON —Pilot Mountain Middle School (PMMS) nabbed the Surry County School District’s MathCounts championship Tuesday as it and other county teams prepare for regional action Saturday at Philo Magnet School in Winston-Salem.
According to Central Middle School Assistant Principal Sherry Cox, after the first two individual rounds, Pilot Middle held a slender four point lead over Central Middle. Pilot Middle took a commanding lead after the team and countdown round to win the tournament by 22 points.
Organizers of the annual event indicated MathCounts is a state sanctioned math competition for middle school students. The mission of MathCounts is to make math interesting and fun through competition, while enforcing the ideal that math is an integral part of everyday life.
MathCounts is also designed to enrich the math instruction of students through collaboration, problem solving, and tackling real world challenges. MathCounts at PMMS serves between 25 and 30 kids yearly and students work in collaboration to form teams Alpha and Beta. The school’s competitions teams finished as Surry County Champions in 2013 with a sixth place finish at the Regional Level last year as well.
The members of the district champions team from Pilot Middle School are A.J. Key, Ethan Grice, Ryan Presnell, Will Nichols, Amy Wall, Dustin Slate, Timothy Gosnell, Coach Byron Voigt, Luke Joyce, Katie Dezarn and Adam Myers. The Coach for the team is Dorothy Sullivan.
The Central Middle team members include Melanie Irizarry, Dannis Cazarez, Alex Burns, Ryan Martin, Joshua Jenkins, Austin Poplin, Sarryn Meyer, Taylor Cochran, Joana Hernandez and Sydney McKeaver. Coaches for the team are Phyllis Watson & Martha Hyde.
Meadowview Middle team members included Dania Ramos, Michael Martin, Josue Villegas, Ashton Sutphin, Olivia Jones, Dixie Johnson, Justin Absher, Isaiah Gammons and Coach Cassandra Wallace.
The Gentry Middle team members were Chris Smith, Madison Allen, Destiny Martin, Summer Bowman, Byron Wild, Kiersten Walker and Josue Ruiz. The team is coaches by Wendie Guynn, Jennifer Allen and Denise Cain.
Officials report the top two individual team members from each team with the highest total points were Luke Joyce and Ethan Grice of the Pilot Middle School team and Central Middle’s Alex Burns and Dannis Cazarez. Gentry Middle School’s Chris Smith and Destiny Martin were also in this category. Ashton Sutphin and Josue Velleg were Meadowview’s top to individual team members.
“The students get really excited about math and this tournament,” said Cox, who noted she had seen an increase in girls participating over the last two years especially. She noted some some enjoy practicing for the event so much they stay on as alternates to the 10 member squads. Cox said as many as eight alternates continue on in team participation even though they don’t make the final cut.
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