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Union math stars take their numbers seriously

December 13, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Four fourth-grade students from Poland Union Elementary had a good year as competitors in the Time Warner Mahoning County annual Math 24 competition held at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center in Canfield on Nov. 28. Two of the Union team members aren't done though. In January, they will be participating in the regional competition.

It all started over a month ago when the Poland Union PTO offered the Math 24 practice sessions after school. It was open to all fourth-graders.

From that program, the top four students were selected to represent Union at the county-wide competition last month. Jordyn Olson, Sam James, Tony Gallo and Tom Landry had rose to the top when it came to math skills.

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Poland Union fourth-graders Anthony Gallo, Tom Landry, Jordyn Olson, and Sam James, recently completed the Time Warner Mahoning County Math 24 tournament representing their school. Landry and Gallo will be moving on to the Time Warner Regional Math 24 competition in January.

"Our PTO holds a mock tournament and the best are chosen for county," said Union Principal Mike Masucci. "The four selected demonstrated incredible skills."

In the Math 24 game, a card is laid down with several numbers on it. Those numbers have to be used to make 24 by using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. That has to be done in a 10-second time frame, which means the students have to think quickly on their feet.

The competition at the county level allows all elementary schools in Mahoning County to field a team. Once the teams arrive, they become independent competitors. Of the four Union students, Landry and Gallo made it to the top finishers and earned the invitation to compete at the Time Warner Regional Math 24 competition in January.

 
 

 

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