Coarsegold Elementary School and Rivergold Elementary School students took home trophies last week as a team from each school won in the Madera County Math Tournament on Friday, Nov. 6.
Coarsegold’s seventh grade team winners, comprised of, Matthew Farris, Ava Gresham, Justin Micallef, Ava Miller, Gabrielle Miller, and Amberlee Pick.
Rivergold’s eighth grade team were winners, also, made up of members, Drew Encinas, Tiana Fisk, Luke Little, Andie Miller, Cambria Williams, and Corissa Williams.
“I was very happy for them,” said Phil Wimer, who coached Rivergold’s team. “They worked hard and they’re very good, hardworking students. I was elated.”
Ranchos Middle School came in second place and Oak Creek Intermediate School placed third in the seventh grade competition.
Mountain Home School Charter’s eighth grade team placed second in the competition and Coarsegold Elementary School placed third at the eighth grade level.
“We won last year so it felt pretty great to keep the streak going,” said Halle Essary, a member of the math team at Coarsegold Elementary. “I think it’s pretty important to represent yourself as well as your school at an event like this.”
Nineteen schools and 200 students participated in the Math Tournament hosted by the Madera County Office of Education and Madera County Schools Foundation. Each grade competed in a separate competition. Students took three tests: Individual Endurance, Circuit Training and Relay Race at the Madera Center.
During the Circuit Training competition teams were given 20 questions and 2 ½ minutes per question, moving through a circuit.
Coarsegold Elementary School placed first in the Circuit Training seventh grade competition, followed by Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Oak Creek Intermediate School. Coarsegold Elementary School won the eighth grade competition. Rivergold Elementary School placed second, and Mountain Home School Charter placed third.
Students raced to answer questions during the Relay Race. Ranchos Middle School came in first place in the seventh grade competition. Wasuma Elementary School placed second followed by Desmond Middle School. Mountain Home School Charter placed first in the eighth grade competition.
Rivergold Elementary School came in second and Ezequiel Tafoya Alvarado Academy placed third.
Medals were awarded to 16 individual students for the Individual Endurance test - five bronze, seven silver, and four gold.
Mountain students earning medals were:
* Elizabeth Petrie - Coarsegold Elementary eighth-grader - Gold
* Justin Micallef - Coarsegold Elementary seventh-grader - Silver
* Joshua Garcellano - Oak Creek Intermediate seventh-grader - Silver
* Graeme Dahlin - Coarsegold Elementary eighth-grader - Bronze
* Kai Hansen - North Fork Elementary eighth-grader - Bronze
* Lucas Lehigh Oak Creek Intermediate eighth grader - Bronze
“We were happy to host the largest Math Tournament to date,” said Dianna Marsh, assistant superintendent, Madera County Office of Education. “It’s such an exciting day, with fun team competitions, outdoor activities, and a lot of math.”
The event was held at the Madera Center and schools were allowed six students per team.
Madera County Office of Education