Dozens of local students with a keen talent for math equations competed in an annual tournament Wednesday.
The 2nd Annual 24 Challenge Math Tournament brought 70 students from nine local school districts together to battle it out in a unique competition: find a way to make 24 out of four numbers given to them on a card, using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Players competed Wednesday in four rounds, as parents and supporters watched on.
“I think it really forces students to think deeply about principles that we all kind of struggle with – addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, the four operations that really are the fundamentals for learning mathematics,” said organizer and math ed consultant, Jimmy Strand.
Grades 4-5 competed Wednesday, with the top three moving on to states. Grades 6-8 will compete Friday May 13, with the top three again, moving on to states in Harrisburg, June 15.
Wednesday’s winners were:
Grade 5 – Kodi Flint from Calvary Baptist Christian Academy
Grade 5 – Westin Chess from Neason Hill Elementary (Crawford County)
Grade 4 – Xavier Swan From West End Elementary (Crawford County)