MathCounts 2015

It takes a team of teachers to make a great team of students at MathCounts.
Mathcounts competition tests the mathematical 
skills of area students

Posted by Ken Grabowski, Manistee News Advocate
February 4th, 2015

SCOTTVILLE — A scratch of the head, a wrinkled up facial expression and soft tap of a pencil on a desk while searching for answers for the questions on the test paper in front of them.

All of those characteristics popped up among the 225 plus students filling the West Shore Community College Recreational Center gymnasium on Wednesday afternoon for the 32nd annual Mathcounts competition.

This  event is put together by area engineers, the West Shore Educational Services District (ESD) and the Manistee Intermediate School District. Mathcounts is a national competition sponsored by the National Society of Engineers.

“We have eight schools from Mason, Lake and Oceana counties and five Manistee County (Bear Lake, Brethren, Manistee Public, Manistee Catholic and Onekama),” said West Shore ESD General Education service coordinator Kathy Surd.

Wednesday’s competition consisted of several rounds for the students. They included the spring, target and team rounds. The big highlight was the Countdown round for the top 10 individual scorers.

Onekama teacher Michele Warman brought two teams and two alternates to the competition and Bear Lake’s Kathy Spalding brought 11 kids to the competition.

Warman said hers were extremely excited about it. “Three of my kids told me they were so excited they couldn’t sleep last night, but they look at it as a way that they can problem solve really well with world problems,” she said.


Warman said that they are very appreciative of the scholarship at Onekama Consolidated Schools. “At the end of the year we will have awards for the middle school and one of the big awards is the scholarship to West Shore for math classes,” she said. “Students look forward to seeing it.” 

In the individual competition the the top ten scorers qualified for the countdown round for the championship.
Those who were in the top 10 were David Scott (Ludington Schools, first), Liam Quinn (Manistee Middle School, tie second), Bruce Banks (Mason County Central, tie second), Randy Stone (Ludington, tie third), Charlotte Glanville (Ludington, tie third), Adam Murphy (Ludington Catholic, tie fourth), Ben Johnson (Onekma Schools, tie fourth), Taylor Bennett (Onekama Schools, fifth place), Mason Schaubroeck (Manistee Middle School, tie sixth), Brian Lafata (Mason County Central, tie sixth), Robbie Atland (Hart, tie seventh), Jack Glanville (Ludington, tie seventh), Emily Eix (Manistee Middle, tie eighth), Ryan Fuller (Mason County Central, tie eighth), Jackson Gutowski (Onekama Schools, tie eighth), Josh Wayward (Brethren Schools, ninth), Adam Fulton (Mason County Central, tie 10th) and Logan Hargraves (Mason County Central, tie 10th).

From that group the countdown round saw Onekama’s Ben Johnson finish first, while Ludington Catholic’s Adamy Murphy was second. Ludington School’s Randy Stone and Onekama’s Jackson Gutowski tied for third.

Onekama’s team of Jackson Gutowski, Taylor Bennett, Alli Torrey and Ben Johnson finished first in the team competition. The only other local team in the top 10 was Manistee Middle Schools Will Ebers, Liam Quinn, Noelle Fink and Mason Schaubroeck who finished in ninth.

Excerpts taken from the Manistee New Advocate



Onekama’s team of Taylor Bennet, Alli Torrey, Ben Johnson and Jackson Gutowski finished first in the team competition.




Onekama student prepare with the help of math teacher Michele Warman

Jackson Gutowski, 3rd in Countdown Round
Ben Johnson, 1st in Countdown Round


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