Reed City school board recognizes Mathletes

By Nick Vander Wulp Herald Review Staff Writer

REED CITY – Reed City Middle School students were recognized for their achievement in the MATHCOUNTS event and their hard work in their math and robotics classes.

The Reed City Area Public Schools Board of Education learned of the achievements of Cecilia Lewis, eighth grade, and Brooke Miller, seventh grade, during the regular meeting on Monday.

Lewis and Miller placed in the top 10 out of 117 students from nine schools in Mid-Michigan region at the Woodbridge N. Ferris MATHCOUNTS competition hosted by the Ferris State College of Engineering Technology and went on to compete in the state competition in February.

“Students get to choose their classes, and these two young ladies chose to do math two periods per day,” said Dean McGuire, principal of Reed City Middle School. “Not everyone chooses to do that for some reason, and they’ve excelled in their classes.”

Jeremy DeVos, Reed City Middle School math and robotics teacher, highlighted Lewis’ and Miller’s achievements for the board, explaining they would practice and study every day for the competition and sometimes work through lunch.

Two other students also were recognized for their work in the robotics class, Makayla Mondrella and Trent Dutmer. DeVos told the board these students learned how to write the code for their robots to perform tasks, such as shooting a ping pong ball through a hoop consistently.

In other business, the board also:

  • Completed of the second reading of the weapons policy;
  • Discussed the MOISD local district budget proposal;
  • Tabled discussion on the sale of bonds; and
  • Heard from the superintendent about transgender issues for the school system.