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Sartell Middle School Students Compete in Regional Math Masters Challenge

6th graders Elizabeth Ruder, Patrick Stalboerger, Jacob Miller, Tina Chen and Cindy Zhang, students at Sartell Middle School, participated in the regional Math Masters of Minnesota Challenge at Sauk Rapids Middle School in Sauk Rapids on March 8th, 2013. The team coach is Carly Larson.
5 Students competed individually and as teams on eight sets of mathematical problems in this competition. In the individual round Cindy Zhang placed first, Elizabeth Ruder 2nd, Tina Chen, Patrick Stalboerger and Jacob Miller placed third.
Math Masters of Minnesota began as a fifth grade math competition program in 1989 with teams from 44 schools taking part. In 1995 the competition was expanded to include sixth graders and this year there are approximately 5,000 fifth and sixth graders registered to compete. Schools are encouraged to involve as many of their fifth and sixth grade students as possible in the use of the Math Masters packet of challenge preparation materials. A team selection test is provided to assist coaches in choosing students to represent their schools. Math Masters is designed to promote excellence in critical thinking skills and problem – solving abilities as well as provide recognition to students for academic effort and achievement.
Teams and individual students from private as well as public schools may compete in Math Masters. The support of companies and foundations for this math competition is essential. Math Masters is supported by the Hormel Foundation as well as many other individuals and businesses.

Pictured are: Jacob Miller, Tina Chen, Elizabeth Ruder, Cindy Zhang and Patrick Stalboerger

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