Posted: Mar 18, 2013 4:28 PM
Updated: Mar 18, 2013 4:30 PM
A Bozeman team placed fifth in the statewide MATHCOUNTS competition.
Teams of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from middle schools all across the state competed in the contest today at MSU in Bozeman. A total of 25 middle schools across the state participated.
Stellan Bechtold from Missoula Sussex School, Jackson Hall from Billings Hall Academy, along with Caleb Noble and Jack Murphy from Helena CR Anderson Middle School won the top honors at the State Competition this year. These students, along with Missoula Washington math coach Kari Boucher, will represent Montana as the state team at the National MATHCOUNTS Competition in Washington D.C. on May 10. Caleb Noble will be making his second trip to the National Competiton. Stellan Bechtold was the CountDown Round winner.
The top teams this year were Missoula Washington, Helena CR Anderson, Missoula Sussex, Billings Lewis & Clark, and Bozeman Anderson Schools. Bill Burkland from Clancy and Bente Winston from Missoula were nominated as the Montana MATHCOUNTS Champions of the year for their innovative and exemplary work with middle school students in the state, encouraging and motivating many to enjoy math problems and teambuilding exercises.
MATHCOUNTS is a combination math coaching and competition program. Students are tested on such topics as probability, statistics, linear algebra, and polynomials. The competition consists of written tests and a fast-paced oral match.
Photo: 2013 State MATHCOUNTS Winners: Jack Murphy, Caleb Noble, Jackson Hall, and Stellan Bechtold. Coach: Kari Boucher