Howard Bishop sixth-graders place first in math competition

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 10:10 p.m.
Howard Bishop Middle School's sixth-grade math team received first place in its division in the annual Florida Mathematics League competition, beating out 95 other schools in the league. Their 190 score beat the second-place school by 3 points.
This contest consists of 40 tricky word problems that must be completed in 30 minutes.
Not only was Howard Bishop top school in the region (Alachua, Clay and Duval counties), but four members of the team were ranked first or tied for second in the region.
Team members were Kyle Carlisle, Michael Banaszek, Jonathan Berry, Amanda Hebert and Tim Kearl.
Individually overall, Carlisle tied for third; Banaszek, Berry and Hebert tied for 13th; and Kearl tied for 24th.
The results, from the March competition, were announced last week.
Results of the seventh- and eight-grade competition, conducted in February, were announced last month.
The eighth-grade team - JD Wright, George Yang, Brent Ho, Jenni Vettel and Sierra Greaves - scored 188 points out of 200, placing third in the state out of 86 teams and first in the region of Alachua, Clay, Duval, Escambia, Leon, Okaloosa, Volusia and Wakulla counties. Wright and Yang tied for fifth in the state and second the region. Ho tied for 14th in the state.
The seventh-grade team - Jeff Schoucair, Victor Calderon, Jennifer Harrison, Eric Tang and Wendell Stansby - scored 176 points out of 200, placing it fourth in the state out of 92 schools and third in the region. Individually, Schoucair placed 10th and Calderon and Harrison tied for 21st in the state.

Another competition was Math Counts.
The North Central Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society sponsors the top two local teams to attend state competitions each year. Sponsorship includes paying for rooms, meals and coaching.
This year the state competition was in Orlando. Howard Bishop team attended as the first place team - of Caryn Coning, Sierra Greaves, Ho, Vettel and Wright. Lincoln Middle School attended as the second-place team, and Matt Fedler, an eighth-grader from Kanapha Middle School, competed as an individual. He placed third in the region and 57th overall.
The competition started early on a Friday morning with individual tests, sprint round and team competition. After lunch, the competition moved to TD Waterhouse Arena for the ciphering and countdown rounds.
Bishop's team was 25th out of more than 70 teams, and Ho was l3th individually.

ESPN will broadcast the national Math Counts Competition May 29 at noon. No local teams are participating.

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