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Fifth-Grade Math Masters Earn Honors at State

5th-Grade Math Masters Earn Honors at State

The Grandview Middle School team of Gavin Ruegemer, Hannah Birkins, Ian Sandberg, Elijah Lund and Noah Huesmann took first place.
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May 9, 2019 — The Grandview Middle School fifth-grade Math Masters competed in a statewide competition May 3 in Prior Lake, where all four teams finished in the top 10. For the first time, Grandview took home first-place honors, as well as fifth-, seventh- and 10th-place awards in the team competition.

The team of Gavin Ruegemer, Hannah Birkins, Ian Sandberg, Elijah Lund and Noah Huesmann took first place of 22 teams. Fifth-place honors went to the team of Hannah Christenson, Edie Hollenstein, Suzie Marth, Alex Rice and Isaiah Walker.

Competing in the individual Fact Drill against 105 students, Ruegemer took third, Elliot Gormley was seventh and Birkins finished in 11th place. In the Individual Problem Solving competition, Ruegemer was second, Sandberg was sixth, Lund was 11th, Rice was 12th and Marley Hagen was 13th.

Math Masters is a statewide competition for fifth- and sixth-graders to showcase their math problem solving skills. There is one round of Individual Facts to show their quick recall of basic facts and expressions using order of operations. Next there are three rounds of Individual Problem Solving plus a tiebreaker round. The individual scores are tallied for the individual competition and also used for the team score. 

In the team competition, there are three rounds of Team Problem Solving where the students work in teams of five to solve problems.  Every round of competition is timed.

“The problems are difficult with very few, if any, players getting all answers correct in a round,” said math teacher Doug Runke. “Typically, getting half of the problems correct will place you in the top 15 in the competition.”

Runke said Grandview has been in the top five often, including second place last year, but he doesn’t think the school has ever won the team competition in the past.

Congratulations to these hard-working math students!