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FMS sixth-graders compete in math bee

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Fairfield Middle School sixth-graders participate in the Great Prairie AEA Sixth-Grade Math Bee. The students, in no particular order, are: Brody Phillips, Chase Johnston, Dayton Mauck, Donavan Titus, Dylan Adam, Emma Wendland, Ethan Cass, Gabe Tejada, Grace Lu, Haleigh Strickland, Ian Aplara, Lucas Konczal, Rocky Galusha, Rylan Anderson, Wyatt Lovelady.
PHOTO SUBMITTED Fairfield Middle School sixth-graders participate in the Great Prairie AEA Sixth-Grade Math Bee. The students, in no particular order, are: Brody Phillips, Chase Johnston, Dayton Mauck, Donavan Titus, Dylan Adam, Emma Wendland, Ethan Cass, Gabe Tejada, Grace Lu, Haleigh Strickland, Ian Aplara, Lucas Konczal, Rocky Galusha, Rylan Anderson, Wyatt Lovelady.

Fifteen Fairfield Middle School students participated in the Great Prairie Area Eduction Agency Sixth-Grade Math Bee May 7 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

This year, 14 school districts participated in the math bee, with a total of 35 teams made up of approximately 155 students. The participants from FMS were: Brody Phillips, Chase Johnston, Dayton Mauck, Donavan Titus, Dylan Adam, Emma Wendland, Ethan Cass, Gabe Tejada, Grace Lu, Haleigh Strickland, Ian Aplara, Lucas Konczal, Rocky Galusha, Rylan Anderson, and Wyatt Lovelady.

Students took written tests in five different areas including number systems, ratios and proportions, equations and expressions, geometry, and statistics and probability. They were given 14 minutes to complete each test.

The last round of the competition was a group round. Students had to work together to complete a 12-question test in 20 minutes. They had to agree on answers and submit one test sheet to be scored.

Awards were given to the top 10 individuals and the top six teams. Individual scores were calculated by adding all five rounds together to get a total. Group scores were calculated by adding the top three individual totals from the team, then adding the team score (number correct multiplied by 3).

Two FMS students: Rocky Galusha and Luke Konczal, had perfect scores in a round.

The school also had one student who placed in the top 10 out of 155: Luke Konczal. He was one point away from the top three trophies.

One of the FMS teams, made up of Wyatt Lovelady, Brody Phillips, Grace Lu, and Luke Konczal, placed second.

Following the competition, Creative Edge provided the FMS students with lunch and took them on a tour of the facility. Students saw how water jets are used to cut materials. They also learned the differences between marble and granite and saw samples of each. They saw several projects being worked on that will be sent to different cities when finished.

Students then toured The Sky Factory. They toured the business’s farm to learn about the math involved in determining how much space is needed to grow specific amounts of food and calculating soil composition for the best possible product.

At both businesses, students saw products built in Fairfield and sold all over the world, and they learned how math and science is used in the jobs.