MSMS Hosts Annual Math Competition

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MSMS Hosts Annual Math Competition

Trophies sit waiting to be presented to the winners of the MSMS Math Competition.

Trophies sit waiting to be presented to the winners of the MSMS Math Competition.

Mariat Thankachan

Trophies sit waiting to be presented to the winners of the MSMS Math Competition.

Mariat Thankachan

Mariat Thankachan

Trophies sit waiting to be presented to the winners of the MSMS Math Competition.

Vivienne Tenev, Assistant Photography Editor

On Tuesday, February 21, all MSMS students had the day off from classes to help host the annual MSMS Math Competition. The competition, which lasted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., saw Jackson Prep walk away the winner.

Shae Koenigsberger, a math teacher at MSMS, said, “We had 445 students with fourteen schools. Our numbers were down this year because Beta Convention was going on at the same time.” 

Each MSMS student was assigned a job to perform for the competition. Runners collected the competitors’ answers during the ciphering round and brought them to the graders, who would keep track of how many points each school and competitor earned. Other MSMS students had even worked before the competition date to create the competition questions.

The competition consisted of different sections. In the written test, students had 50 minutes to answer a packet of multiple choice questions. During ciphering, students answered 20 questions with two minutes maximum for each, earning one or two points for each correct answer, depending on whether they finished within one minute or two. The mini-interschool round consisted of one team of 1-10 students per school working together to answer the questions. Potpourri, occurred at the same time as the mini-interschool round, and had each school provide one four-person team to work on puzzle-type math questions.

This year, a new event, the “100 question challenge,” inspired by MSMS junior Leah Pettit, was added. “The students who were not participating in Interschool/Potpourri could work as one big team to answer math questions. When the answer was correct, they were allowed to pop the corresponding balloon. For every two problems correct, all math teachers were to do one pushup. The teachers performed 12 pushups during the awards ceremony,” Koenigsberg said.

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