Students Tackle Math Challenge

If math isn’t your cup of tea, this is going to hurt. Some metro students were jumping in the deep end on Friday demonstrating what a true affinity for the numbers game is about.

Josh Thiele was one of them and he hit the nail on the head when he told us, “You either love it or you don't want to do it all." Josh is it the Love It camp. The Elkhorn eighth-grader was part of the math competition.

Braydon Dreher said, "I've done it for three years." He’s another number lover.

For the past 20 years, 3M (a company with a plant in Valley) has been shining a light of the merits of mathematics in the form of Math Counts.

Kurt Lehmkuhl, with 3M, told the students, "For NASCAR fans, we know that you want to hear when you get older. You want a good set of hearing protection.”

The point was that it takes math to create that sort of thing.

Eighth-grader Emily Riley found that illuminating. She told us, "You never think that something so simple would take so much math and stuff like that."

Claire Wichman was wrestling with more stuff like that as she told us about, “a graph - and it said find the area of the pentagon and I've never done that before. So that was probably the hardest."

George Musselman was also part of the 3M team and he said, “I took the test they're taking now. Thirty questions in 40-minutes. I felt fortunate to get 24 right."

As the kids broke for lunch, the judges went to work

Brent Richard is now on the other side of the table but he remembers when he took part in the competition.

“It's a lot easier when you get the answers,” he said.

The youngsters from St. Vincent de Paul have won the past five years. There was a new champ this year: a team from Gretna. North Bend took second place. Elkhorn Middle took third, DC West fourth and another team from Gretna too fifth place.

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