Archbold, OH – Middle School Mathletes from area schools competed in a Mock Math Counts competition on February 23, 2016 at the Northwest Ohio Educational Service center. This competition was sponsored by The Farmers and Merchants State Bank.
A total of 11 schools and 55 students competed at the NwOESC. Schools represented were Ayersville Local, Central Local, Fayette, Holgate, Liberty Center, West Unity, Napoleon, Patrick Henry, Pettisville, Swanton and Wauseon.
Students competed individually and in teams in three fast paced rounds. Subjects included algebra, probability, statistics and geometry. Winners received prizes for the Sprint Round, Target Round and Team Rounds.
Math Counts is a national program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students. The program focuses on middle school students, who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability. Students who do not begin developing strong problem solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life if they wish to pursue a medical, scientific, mathematical, engineering or technical career.
The 2016 MATHCOUNTS competition series will consist of approximately 40,000 students representing more than 5,300 schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories and Department of Defense and State Department affiliated schools. The State Competition will take place on March 12, 2016 in Columbus and the National MATHCOUNTS competition takes place in Washington D.C. on May 8, 2016.
The Farmers and Merchants Bank supported this event though their sponsorship. WMTR 96.1 radio in Archbold promoted the event through radio segments. The competition was coordinated through the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center. The National Math Counts organization in conjunctions with Leon Wignet, State coordinator for Ohio, supplied the Mock Competition with materials.