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A team of four sixth graders from Barranca Mesa Elementary placed second in the MathCounts chapter competition, on Feb.12 at Pojoaque Valley High School. MathCounts is a nationwide coaching and competition program for students in grades six through eight. The MathCounts program encourages excellence, confidence and curiosity through fun and challenging math programs. With their second-place finish, the Barranca students advanced to the state competition in Albuquerque on Saturday.
The Barranca school team includes Zoe Challacombe, Andrew Tang, Wilbur Wang and Robert Zhu. Tang and Wang, placed in the top 16 of the individual written portion of the competition and participated in the countdown round. The countdown round is like a game show, where two students at a time go head-to-head, answering the questions verbally.
Barranca Mesa Elementary sixth grade teacher Lana Martin established the program five years ago. This year she coaches 15 students and meets with them every Friday during lunchtime to train in mathematical concepts and problem solving techniques.