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Math proves to be a winning formula for students

Connor Moha, first place
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Two junior high students from Warrenton won first place awards last week in the annual county Mental Math Competition at Clatsop Community College.

Connor Moha placed first among other seventh graders in the county. Elijah Betts placed first in the eighth-grade competition.

Mental math is the ability to calculate math equations in one’s head without benefit of calculators, pencils or other aids. Mental math is an important skill to master, as it helps in simple everyday tasks, such as knowing whether you have enough money to buy snacks at the mini mart.

The annual competition was open to students in grades three through eight.

“It’s a wonderful chance for our math students to compete and shine along with other students from area schools who also love math,” said Mary Moore-Suever, who accompanied Warrenton’s contingent. “I really appreciate the college affording us this opportunity each year.”

Students were given awards for first, second and third place.


Third grade: Alora Duggan, Elijah Hawkins, Susannah Burpee

Fourth grade: Julien Maddox, Caise Fraiser, Tysin Regier

Fifth grade: Sean Irwin, Ressiah Verduzco, Bryony Moss

Sixth grade: Calvin Olson, Joshuah Baker, Kaitlyn Gildner

Seventh grade: Layci Bartlett, Connor Moha

Eighth grade: Elijah Betts, Brandon Runolfson, Michael Ulness

Algebra: Ian McCormick, Austin Palmer, James Mikelson

Elijah Betts, first place

Susannah Burpee

Josh Baker, third place

Layci Bartlett

Brandon Runolfson

Ian McCormick, third place

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