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Four eighth grade boys from Richmond Middle School made their mark at the MCTM State Mathematics Contest held in Springfeild on April 25.
“This is the first year we’ve ever had just eighth graders on the team,” said eighth grade math teacher and coach Brenda Hamm. “They’re used to working together and know more about the underlying concepts.”
The team met three times a week since January to prepare for the competitions.
Jimmy Hamm, John Landwehr and Daniel Dehn have been on the team for some time. Caleb Scarborough started practicing with the team just three weeks prior to competition.
In the Algebra category, an individual competition, three RMS Math Team members placed as follows: Jimmy Hamm (20th); John Landwehr (29th) and Daniel Dehn (35th). With the level of intense competition, to place in the top 50 is highly respected.
But it was the problem-solving event where the team rose through the ranks. The four took fourth place with 20 points behind 22 schools. Ladue was first with 25 points, Warrensburg (usually the winner) was second with 22 points and LaSalle was first with 21 points.
This is the highest math honor that RMS has to date, and is a first in the history of Richmond Middle School.
“Most adults couldn’t figure those things out,” said Hamm. “The team had just three to four minutes to solve the problem.”
Dr. Damon Kizzire, Richmond Middle School Principal, was in attendance at the contest and was very impressed with the difficulty of the problems and the skills of the students.
Photo: Wearing shirts declaring, “With Math the possibilities are Infinite,” the Richmond Middle School Math Team traveled to Springfield, April 25 and brought home several awards. Left to right: Daniel Dehn, Jimmy Hamm, Caleb Scarborough and John Landwehr earned the highest placing ever received by an RMS math team at the state level. (Photo by Brenda Hamm)