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Area math whiz kids compete in Boardman

February 10, 2011
The Town Crier
Math whiz kids from all over the county competed in the annual Mahoning County Math Challenge 24 competition Wednesday night at Youngstown Christian School. About 150 kids competed in the game, which challenges students take four numbers on a game card and make them equal 24.

Open to players in grades four through eight, students were challenged to make the playing cards equal 24 using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Older students played with cards using negative numbers, fractions and algebraic equations, making the game even tougher.

"These kids always amaze me by how quickly they can do mental math. They practice so hard for this tournament every year," said Amy Leigh Wilson, coordinator of the event. "The teachers and parents who work with them deserve credit too. This year, the original tournament was snowed out, but they all just used the opportunity to get in a few more weeks of practice. My hat's off to all of them for a great job."

Winners in each division include:


Grade 7 & 8: Anthony Douglas, Rayen Early College, Youngstown

Grade: 6: Andrew Hubert, St. Charles School, Boardman

Grade 5: Marik Rogenski, McKinley Elementary, Poland

Grade 4: Alex Stoneman, St. Charles School, Boardman


Grade 7 & 8: Trey Ingram, Rayen Early College, Youngstown

Grade 6: Mark Ricciardi, St. Charles School, Boardman

Grade 5: Kevin Rabindra, McKinley Elementary, Poland

Grade 4: Noah Robinson, Stadium Drive Elementary, Boardman


Grade 7 & 8: LaRazia Tolbert, Volney Rogers Jr. High, Youngstown

Grade 6: Sebastian Heinonen, Center Middle School, Boardman

Grade 5: Jimmy Lagese, Glenwood Middle School, Boardman

Grade 4: Shawn Korpi, Stadium Drive Elementary, Boardman


Grade 7 & 8: Damon McDowell, Rayen Early College, Youngstown

Grade 6: Zachary Jacobson, McKinley Elementary, Poland

Grade 5: Mia Lewis, St. Charles School, Boardman

Grade 4: Willy Horn, Kirkmere Elementary, Youngstown

To learn more about the 24 game, visit


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