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Port Byron's fifth-grade math team placed second in the Jan. 21 Perennial Math Tournament.

PB students showcase problem-solving skills during math tournament

Fifteen Port Byron Central School District students recently put their "mathletic" skills to the test.

On Jan. 21, three teams of Port Byron students participated in the Central New York region's Perennial Math Tournament at Jordan-Elbridge Middle School. The competition, which features team and individual tests, is designed to help students in grades 3-12 sharpen their math skills outside of the classroom.

This is the first time the tournament has been hosted in Central New York.

Port Byron students were divided into grade-level teams for the tournament. Students Margaret McNally, Jacson Reese, Myles McBride, Alivia Mills and Billy Cuddeback represented the district’s third-grade team. Ian Mack, Thomas Dauenhauer, Amelia Powers, Cody Jarabek and Jakob Hackett comprised the fifth-grade team. Jack Hargreaves, Nick Doerle, Joey McNally, Morgan Brown and Drew Nolan participated on the sixth-grade team.

The team and individual tests are timed challenges that feature a mix of word problems and computation questions. Student-groups must complete the 10-question team test within 20 minutes. The individual test, which has a 30-minute time limit, contains 15 questions and must be performed by each participant independently.

Sixth-grader Joey McNally and his sister, third-grader Margaret McNally, scored third place on the tournament’s individual tests for their respective grade levels.

Port Byron’s fifth- and sixth-grade teams each placed second in the team competition.

Port Byron teachers Kelly Guy, Suzzy Stowell and Jennifer Roden selected this year’s competitors based on their math achievements in school, and accompanied them to the tournament.

 


photo of competiting students

 

photo of competiting students

 



Port Byron's third-grade math team (above) gathers for a photo during the Jan. 21 Perennial Math Tournament.