Rockford math teams finish on top at Math Challenge

Rockford High School entered two teams in this year’s Grand Rapids Community College’s 9th/10th Grade Math Challenge, and both teams came home with hardware for their efforts by finishing in first and second place in their division.

Rockford’s orange team, coached by junior Beccie Manshaem, won the division with a total of 83.5 points. Team members were Kendra Bilardello, Nikki Farmer, Julia Ceglowski, Marcus Powers, Nick Willison and Jordan Vermeer. Rockford’s black team, coached by senior Kyle Peterson, finished second in the division with 74.25 points. Team members were Emily Prus, Mark Pearson, Tyler Ingersoll, Andrew Ingersoll, Mary Gipson and Drew Woznick.

The competition consisted of four events. The Team Theme—a group effort where the six team members combine efforts on a math-related real life type of project—was the first event of the day. Another group effort, the Pony Express, which is a six-problem quiz to be completed in 20 minutes, followed. After a short break, the Multiple Choice individual test was administered. Finally, after lunch, the teams competed in the Relay, a pressure cooker of an event requiring accuracy and efficiency.

Rockford’s teams performed well in all events, and distanced themselves from Caledonia and West Ottawa, the other schools in their division, by earning the top two scores in three of the four events. In addition to the domination within their division, the teams placed second and fourth overall in the competition. South Christian placed first overall and Unity Christian had a team place third overall.

Rockford sophomore Julia Ceglowksi also won the Sudoku contest, given to all the students involved. She was the first to turn in the correct solution to the puzzle out of more than 110 students.

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