Friday, July 5, 2013
By ABBY SLANKER
Hilltop Elementary School fourth-grade students put their math skills into overdrive and went head-to-head to solve math facts to qualify for the school’s annual Math Bee June 3.
The students were lined up by class and paired up one-on-one, shown a multiplication flash card by fourth-grade teachers, and the student who solved the problem correctly and the fastest moved onto the next round. There were several elimination rounds, including mental math rounds, during which the problems were still presented in flashcard form, but were more difficult problems.
The students were finally whittled down to the final six contestants. The ‘Super Six’ were seated at a table on the stage, with a round of applause from their fellow classmates in the audience.
The rules for the six finalists were as follows: students were shown a math problem and were given a two-minute time limit to solve the problem on a dry erase board. When the student was comfortable with his or her answer, he or she turned the board over to signal their final answer. Dollar signs, decimals and commas had to be correct in the answer, or the problem would be deemed incorrect.
Fourth-grade teachers checked the problems and had final say as to whether the answer was correct. Audience members could also play along, as they were also shown the math problems.
After several rounds, it came down to the final two contestants, Donald Syrianoudis and Abigail Stilson A lightning round was put in place, with the winner being the student who correctly finished the problem first. Syrianoudis was first with the correct answer for the final problem and was declared the winner of the Hilltop Elementary 2012-13 Math Bee. Stilson was named second-place winner. To determine a third-place winner, a tie-breaker was initiated between William Hudock and Emily Pondillo, with Pondillo coming up with the correct answer first and thus was named the third-place winner.
Syrianoudis was crowned Math Bee champion by Cathy Mowry, Hilltop Elementary School principal.
“Congratulations, Donald. And congratulations to all our math wizards and superstars,” Mowry said.
Syrianoudis, Stilson and Pondillo were presented Barnes and Noble gift cards courtesy of the Hilltop PTO.