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Horace Mann students Sabrina Olson, Jocelyn Clayton, Bethel Orshiso and Jiale Zheng sit with Northwest Missouri State mascot Bobby Bearcat. The students were among the top three finishers in their grade levels during Saturday’s regional math contest at Horace Mann.

Horace Mann students Sabrina Olson, Jocelyn Clayton, Bethel Orshiso and Jiale Zheng display their prize ribbons with Northwest Missouri State mascot Bobby Bearcat. The students were among the top three finishers in their grade levels during Saturday’s regional math contest at Horace Mann.

April 4, 2011

Horace Mann students advance to state math contest

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Four students attending Northwest Missouri State University's Horace Mann Laboratory School are advancing to the state math contest after placing among the top participants during a regional math contest at Horace Mann Saturday.

About 165 students representing 17 area schools participated in the annual competition. The students in grades four, five and six were tested in two categories - concepts and problem solving. 

In the concepts category, Sabrina Olson placed first and Jiale Zheng placed second among fifth graders. Bethel Orshiso placed second among sixth graders.

In problem solving, Olson placed first and Zheng placed third among fifth graders. Jocelyn Clayton placed third among sixth graders.  

The Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics sponsored the 26th Annual Missouri Elementary Student Mathematics Contest. The contest, conducted at 22 regional sites across Missouri during March and April, had more than 2,500 student participants in grades four through six.  

Other Horace Mann students who competed were: sixth graders Rachel Brummet, Noah Elliot and Felicia Sheil; fifth graders Deanna Clayton and Irene Hung; and fourth graders Sarah Richardson, Kate Yocum, Ebenizer Orshiso and Will Mattock.

Winners placing first, second and third in each of the two events are eligible to compete in the State Finals Contest April 30 at Missouri State University in Springfield.

The students were sponsored by Horace Mann teachers Linda Heeler and Joseph Suchan. Monica Landess is director of the Horace Mann Laboratory School.

Horace Mann Laboratory School and Early Care and Education Laboratory Center is an innovative program that provides clinical experience for pre-service teachers, and a diverse and interactive learning environment for children ages 3 through sixth grades.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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