As the Palm Beach County Math Academic Games competition came to a close on Tuesday, Oct. 16, the 10-member team from Equestrian Trails Elementary School ran away with another first-place finish, scoring 28 points higher than the competitors.
This is the fifth year in a row that Equestrian Trails has earned a first-place award. During the four weekly competitions, 216 fourth- and fifth-grade students from 28 elementary schools played the game Basic Equations, competing both for team and individual scores. Students used creative mathematic strategies and 24 number and operation cubes to create goals, solutions and challenges in order to stump their opponents and earn points.
In addition to earning the first-place team award for the fifth straight year, each member of the team also received an individual ribbon for ranking in the top 12 individuals, an accomplishment never done at Equestrian Trails before. The students worked extremely hard and learned mathematical strategies that will continue to guide them through middle and high school math.
Above: (Front row, L-R) Colby Gullo (first place), Maverik Davies (sixth place), Anthony Li (third place), coach Michelle Regnerus, Angela Yan (ninth place) and Asha Patel (seventh place); (back row) Neo Nguyen (honorable mention), Robert Waite (fifth place), Harry Custer (10th place), Michael Shoichet (fourth place) and Christina Kohlbeck (eighth place).