WINSLOW — St. John Regional Catholic School students in grades 2-6 recently joined thousands of students throughout the country, challenging each other’s math skills in real time. They competed in games of speed and skill and were faced with many challenges across 10 levels.

The American Math Challenge, sponsored by 3MLearning and Mathletics, was a two-day competition consisting of two parts. The first day students tried to score as many point as they could by answering questions in various topics including number sense, geometry, money, measurement and data. The second day consisted in a live speed competition in which students competed against schoolmates from around the U.S. in rounds of one-minute mental math problems.

Third-grader Emma Farnham was not only the highest scorer in the school, but also in the state. She achieved 9,462 points.

Dorothy Anne Pare-Giroux was right behind the top contender, coming in second in the state with a score of 7,655. Both students commented that they spent much of their afterschool time and even past their bedtime competing. Other students who place in the top 100 are: Jacob Praul-27th, Ethan Hammond-40th, Steven Henry-45th, Elissa LaVoie-53rd, Hunter Praul-60th, Emilee Theriault-67th, and Austin Soucy-69th.

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