Students challenge selves, others in MATHCOUNTS

BIG RAPIDS — More than 100 middle school students met to test their math skills during the annual Woodbridge N. Ferris MATHCOUNTS Competition on Friday at Ferris State University. Throughout the day, students solved problems and equations in individual and team challenges.

Eight teams participated in the event at Ferris, including Big Rapids Middle School, Crossroads Charter Academy, Morley Stanwood Middle School, Reed City Middle School, St. Mary Catholic School and St. Peter’s Lutheran School. McBain Middle School and Vestaburg Community School also competed in Friday’s event.

“MATHCOUNTS is a national math competition,” said regional coordinator Chuck Drake, noting the event has been taking place for approximately 30 years across the U.S., including at Ferris. “This is a fun competition and part of the competition is a math enrichment component.”

In honor of Groundhog Day, the theme for the event was “Is Phil Rationale?”

After a morning full of math testing, first-, second- and third-place winners were awarded trophies. The winning team of four students and the top ranking individual competitors were selected to move on to the state challenge, which will be Saturday, March 11, in East Lansing.

“Math is extremely important in our lives and in society, and that is an understatement,” Drake said. “These kids are our future. During MATHCOUNTS, these kids are doing math because they want to do math for fun. That’s cool, in my opinion.”