Thirty-two Lakewood fifth- and sixth-graders from Emerson and Roosevelt elementaries and Harding Middle School flexed their math muscles at the 27th annual Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics Problem Solving Tournament earlier this month held at Emerson.
The teams worked in small groups to tackle four different math challenges. Awards were given at three levels: Teams scoring in the top 20% received trophies; teams in the top 40% received Champion blue ribbons; teams in the next 40% were awarded Special Award red ribbons. The Harding 6th grade team of Nate Bonacuse, Connor Cimino, Laert Fejzullari, Anthony Flora, Tony Harmon, Paul Sangree, Jon Solymos and Kyle Wagner earned trophies for their problem-solving talent. The fifth-grade teams from Roosevelt and Emerson received blue and red ribbons.
The math council, which will be holding tournaments for fifth through eighth grades at 13 different sites in Greater Cleveland over the weekend with more than 1,500 students participating, started the tournament to promote math as a fun activity, to recognize those students who show an interest and talent in math and to challenge these students in an energizing and competitive setting.