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Sylacauga students score big in math competition


SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Pinecrest Elementary and Nichols-Lawson Middle School math students scored big in the Perennial Math Competition held in Dothan, Alabama, on May 4. Teams from five different grade levels brought home first place honors.

The competition consists of two different events. The first event is an individual test where students have thirty minutes to complete fifteen problems. The second event is a team competition. Teams are given ten problems to work together in twenty minutes.

The first place team members from Pinecrest third grade are Alexa Edwards, Julie Monroe, Gage Butler, and Jasper Jacks. In third grade individual competition, Alexa Edwards, Aiden Johnson, and Taft Brown all tied for third place.

Pinecrest’s fourth grade team also placed first with team members Hayden Hubbard, Alyssa Pruitt, Jagger Thomas, Caitlyn Holcomb, and Landon Crocker. Additionally, Kade Waites and Nevaeh Livingston finished first and second in individual competition.

First place honors for fifth grade went to the Pinecrest team of Raelin Allen, Edwin McGrady, Anderson Shaw, and Maggie Watkins. Another fifth grade team from Pinecrest finished in third and members were Tom Nguyen, Casey Malone, and Jakorria Walker. Tied for third place in fifth grade individual competition were Tom Nguyen, Anderson Shaw, and Maggie Watkins.

The Nichols-Lawson Middle School sixth grade team continued the momentum with a first place team win by Catherine Price, Lauren Seaborn, Raya Wingfield, Ben Bearden, and Lexi Robbins. Finishing in third place were Anna B Shaw, Eva Reams, Maddie Hickman, Brady Thomas, and Nathan Gordon. Catherine Price finished first in individual competition, with Maddie Hickman in second, and Brady Thomas, Anna B Shaw, and Raya Wingfield all tying for third place.

The seventh grade first place team winners were Brycen Wilson, Catherine Abernathy, Elizabeth Atkinson, Collin Westland, and Kaylan McGinnis. Third place finishers were Camilla Friday, Bryce Oden, Josh Holcomb, Allison Terrell, and Lilly Carter. Josh Holcomb won second place in individual and Collin Westland and Brycen Wilson both tied for third.

Rounding out Sylacauga’s solid performance, the eighth grade team of Liv Reams, Alana Price, Maggie Mizelle, Anna Grace Bearden, and Mallory Grier brought home the third place honor, with Alana Price placing second in individual and Jonas Scofield, third.

The Mathletes are coached by Sara Piper, Olivia Harmon, and Crystal Powell. The Nichols-Lawson Math team is coached by Anna Johnson.

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