Sixth Grade students from Central Valley School District performed well at the recent “Math is Cool” regional competitions. Several individuals and teams qualified for the “Masters” state tournament by achieving top scores in the events. Summit School students Ethan Arpin, Theo Lynch and Logan McDonald teamed with Spokane Valley Learning Academy students Ellen Crawford and Jacob Ross to take home 3rd Place in the sixth grade team contest while competing against 21 other schools. Joshua Jenkins, Zach Gallafent, Landon Daines and Morgan Brooks from Greenacres Middle School placed 5th in the competition and also qualified for the state competition in May.
The "Math is Cool" competitions include both individual and team events. Individual events include completion of open-ended and multiple choice problem sets. Team events include open-ended problem sets, relays, pressure rounds, mental math and college bowl rounds. The Spokane district competition is one of four regional “Math is Cool” contests for students in grades 4 through 12 across the state. The annual competition began in Spokane as a local mathematics contest in 1996.