OJH 9th grade math team finishes 1st in state

The 13 members of the ninth grade Osseo Junior High School math team had a fun and outstanding season. They competed in the Minnesota Junior High School Mathematics League.

The Osseo Junior High School ninth grade math team took first in state in the Minnesota Junior High School Mathematics League competition. Pictured in the front two rows, left to right, are: Dean Nguyen, Kevin Hoang, Erik Baker, Saren Taing, Jenny Kotz, Nolan Miller and Yoshanna Sankar. Back two rows:  Nathan Brock, Aaron Wong, Jeremy Mattson, Evan Ditter, Logan Dick and Drew Anderson.

The Osseo Junior High School ninth grade math team took first in state in the Minnesota Junior High School Mathematics League competition. Pictured in the front two rows, left to right, are: Dean Nguyen, Kevin Hoang, Erik Baker, Saren Taing, Jenny Kotz, Nolan Miller and Yoshanna Sankar. Back two rows: Nathan Brock, Aaron Wong, Jeremy Mattson, Evan Ditter, Logan Dick and Drew Anderson.

The Minnesota Junior High School Mathematics League provides students an opportunity to improve their math skills through practice and competition. The competition began in October and included five different tournaments. The students compete on individual tests as well as on a team test at each of the five meets, and accumulate both individual and team points.

The Math League is a statewide competition and has a ninth grade level with five schools. This was Osseo Junior High’s 14th year in this competition. Osseo finished first in the state team competition. A perfect score at the end of the season would be 1040 points; Osseo scored 742 points and was 218 points ahead of the second place school.

The victorious team included Jeremy Mattson (second in state individually), Nolan Miller (fourth), Aaron Wong (sixth), Logan Dick (seventh), Dean Nguyen (eighth), Evan Ditter and Yoshanna Sankar (tied for ninth), Erik Baker and Kevin Hoang (tied for 12th), Nathan Brock (17th), Jenny Kotz and Saren Taing (tied for 20th), and Drew Anderson (22nd).

Seven of the Osseo team members were ranked in the top 10 in the state and received individual medallions. They were Jeremy, Nolan, Aaron, Logan, Dean, Evan and Yoshanna.

The next challenge for the math team is the St. Cloud State University Math Contest Thursday, April 4. The team’s coaches are Danette Campbell and Bernie Stueve.

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