Onekama Math Students Do Well

The Onekama Consolidated Schools Mathcounts students made a strong showing at West Shore Community College. Jackson Gutowski was first in the countdown round and tied for third place in the individual round. The team of Alli Torrey, 
Taylor Bennett, Jackson Gutowski and Sydnee Hrachovina finished in a tie for first place.

Onekama, Manistee students score well at Mathcounts

Posted by Ken Grabowski, Manistee News Advocate on February 5th, 2016

SCOTTVILLE — Small but determined might be the best way to describe the efforts of the Manistee County schools at the 2016 Mathcounts competition.

Due to inclement weather that canceled classes on Wednesday, only two of the five local schools that normally participate in the annual middle school event at West Shore Community College were able to take part. The dedicated efforts of the students, teachers and parents at Onekama Consolidated Schools and Manistee Area Public Schools helped the participants make the trip to the college.

The event is a joint effort of Mason-Lake Oceana Mathematics and Science Center, Manistee Intermediate School District, local engineers from Mason and Manistee counties and West Shore Community College. Engineers draw up the questions and on Friday morning they released the results.

Onekama Consolidated Schools made a strong showing in all three categories that include individual, count down and team. The Individual score is their overall ranking from the sprint and target rounds. The top 15 Individual scores move on to the countdown round and compete against each other resulting in the countdown scores. So the top three places in the countdown round are the best of the best.

The small contingent from Onekama Consolidated Schools posted some good results. Teacher Michele Warman said it turned out well for her students.

“I am thrilled with all the efforts made by the Onekama Middle School Mathcounts team,” she said. “The support by the parents, administration and fellow students is what makes a great team. We look forward to it every year and want to thank everyone who made this happen for all the participants.”

The Onekama team of Alli Torrey, Taylor Bennett, Jackson Gutowski and Sydnee Hrachovina tied for first place with the Ludington O.J. DeJonge Middle School team of Will Shinn, Charlotte Glanville, Jacob Irelan and Aubrey Pomorski.

O.J. DeJonge’s team of Conner Ward, Matt Snyder, Evan McKinley and Samantha Bush took second place, while third place went to the O.J. DeJonge team of Lily Roberts, Connor Grant, Hannah Zinn and Max Kline.

The Manistee Middle School team of Griffen Antal, Mathew Blevins, Dylan Johnson and Nick Weaver finished in fifth place and just out of the medals.

“This was a group of seventh grade students who did a great job,” said Manistee Middle teacher Kathy Smith. “All in all it was a great event and I was proud of our students and their willingness to come in on a snowy day and challenge themselves.”