Irvington Fifth Graders Win Statewide First in Math Tournament

Irvington fifth graders won first place in the fifth grade division at the statewide First in Math Tournament. Photos courtesy of Irvington Union Free School District

Main Street School’s team of fifth graders who qualified to represent the region in the statewide First in Math Tournament on May 20 won first place in the fifth grade division! Qualifying earlier this spring, the team of Nicholas Bugaj, Cassidy Reichgott and Ella Soleimani traveled to the University at Albany to compete among 150 elementary school students.

The state Department of Education teamed up with the company Suntex International and its First in Math program to launch New York’s first Statewide Mathematics Championship. The championship was about a year in the making, and was open to any private, public or charter school. The competition was based on building “wheels” using four different numbered cards on a board. Grades 3, 4 and 5 had to find numbers with a common factor to build a wheel, with the number of points corresponding to that common factor.

Many thanks to Christine Rosner for working closely with Gail Flynn to coach the students, and to Gail Flynn for attending the tournament as a proctor.

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