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Participating in the Mathcounts event were Kirk Tipps, Shelbie Penny, Ann Duncan, Tim Behrendorff; second row, Elijah Throneberry, Zachary Anderson, Zyler Spinner; and back row, Tracy Barfield, Parker Campbell, Jaydon Lee, Jae' Kori Noon, Brady Welch

Ten West Middle School students participated recently in the Mathcounts competition at UTSI with four of the students finishing in the top 10 and two going to the state finals.

The event was held earlier this month as teachers Tracy Barfield and Tim Behrendorff accompanied the 10 West students. Two of those students, Zachary Anderson and Brady Welch have advanced to the state competition.

A national Mathcounts program provides students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers. The competition series has four levels of competition—school, chapter, state and national. Each level of competition is comprised of four rounds—Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown Round. Altogether the rounds are designed to take about three hours to complete. The rounds are as follows:

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Finishing the top four in the Mathcounts competition at UTSI were, from left, Brady Welch, Zylan Spinner, Kirk Tipps and Zachary Anderson

Sprint Round: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have 40 minutes to complete 30 math problems without a calculator.

Target Round: focuses on problem-solving and mathematical reasoning. Students receive 4 pairs of problems and have 6 minutes to complete each pair, assuming the use of a calculator.

Team Round: focuses on problem-solving and collaboration. Students have 20 minutes to complete 10 math problems, assuming the use of a calculator. Only the 4 students on a school's team can take this round officially.

Countdown Round: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have a maximum of 45 seconds per problem without a calculator.

Duane Sherrill may be reached at dsherrill@tullahomanews.com.

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