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Lenihan team wins area math bee

Several students advance to state contest

April 14, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

A busy morning of doing math problems may not seem fun for many sixth graders - but a group of 65 area students took it as a challenge.

The AEA 267 office hosted the area math bee Friday drawing students from several different area schools.

The Marshalltown Lenihan Intermediate School team of Ryan Collins, Madeline Jelken, Regan Mazour and Cole Welden took first place overall.

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This team from Lenihan Intermediate School took first place in the area sixth grade math bee Friday at the AEA 267 office. Pictured are, from left, Regan Mazour, Madeline Jelken, Cole Welden and Ryan Collins. Jelken was the top individual of all the 65 students competing.

Three other Lenihan teams took the other top four places with a South Hardin team placing fifth.

"At Lenihan, we have a strong math curriculum and very hard-working students who take math seriously," said Lenihan teacher Karen Roessler. "I'm proud of all of our Lenihan teams."

Jelken took first place as an individual with Theron Gale of GMG placing second and Mazour third. The top two students and teams qualified for the state math bee in Fort Dodge in two weeks.

"It will be pretty cool," Jelken said of going to state.

Competitors were a group of high-level math students who took part in a series of individual and team tests. One teacher said the tests are based on eighth grade math skills and included geometry, probability, statistics, ratio and several other math areas.

"A lot of the learning probably comes in preparing for the competition," said Sandra Ubben, math consultant with AEA 267 who ran the event.

Members of the second place team from Lenihan included Ciara Feldman, Sam Irwin, Martin Runquist and Lucas Thiessen.



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