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Nine Crook County Middle School students compete in math contest at Echo Middle School

PHOTO COURTESY OF MATT FISCHER
 - Nine CCMS students earned a trip to the Pentagames, which was held at Echo Middle School.

Some local mathletes scored some hardware at a recent Pentagames math contest.

Crook County Middle School student Jacob Mead won the seventh-grade individual competition, and the CCMS seventh-grade team came in first in the team division.

"It felt really good to win," Mead said. "My favorite game was probably Solve That Problem."

CCMS math teacher Matt Fischer took nine CCMS students to Echo Middle School in Northeast Oregon for the Friday, May 3 Pentagames.

Pentagames is a non-profit organization that facilitates an annual math contest designed to promote mathematics for seventh and eighth grade students. It showcases middle school math in the same way that an athletic contest displays the abilities of the participants.

In order to go, local students had to try out. They took a test in April, and the top nine scorers won the trip. The students then practiced once a week after school.

CCMS participants included seventh graders Jacob Mead, Aidan Bonner and River Nortz; eighth graders Ivakai Heiges, Morgan Kelly and Hannah Ptomey; and algebra students Zane Webster, Aiden Teague and Aspen Gunderson.

Ptomey placed fifth in the eighth grade individual completion.

"It was hard, but it was all worth it in the end," she said.

This was the 36th year of Pentagames. Seven schools participated.

The students compete in five different math games throughout the day, and all their points add up.

Sandstone Middle School from Hermiston was the overall winner.

"It was really fun. I liked the competition," Heiges said. "My favorite part was Math Tac Toe."

Aspen Gunderson's favorite game was Solve That Problem.

"It was really fun, and I would encourage other kids to do it," she said.

Fischer said Pentagames is always the highlight of the year.

"It was one of the most fun and kind-hearted groups we have ever taken to Pentagames. They really enjoyed themselves and looked out for each other," he said. "It was a wonderful team to be a part of. I am thankful for the chance to go on this adventure with them."

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