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Feb 28 2012

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Math students forging forward

Tyler’s Moore MST Magnet School mathematicians have, for the first time ever, advanced to state-level competition in the MATHCOUNTS team competition. Winning schools from throughout this region will send representatives to Austin for the finals, to be held March 24.
The American Society of Professional Engineers sponsors MATHCOUNTS as a problem-solving competition promoting math proficiency for students in the pivotal sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The program operates by combining the disciplines of education, business, government and technology.
Moore students competed as individuals and in four-member teams.  One team was comprised of Orry Bookout, Greyson Calhoun, Spencer McVicker and Daimen Moody, and was directed by head coach Sheila Thurmond and assistant coach Allyson Wright.  After guiding her students through the preliminaries and to the finals, Coach Thurmond was delighted and upbeat.
“MATHCOUNTS is not only a difficult problem-solving test, but also requires students to work cooperatively as a team and [to] trust each other’s judgement,” she said. “I am so proud of this team and all their hard work.  I look forward to seeing them excel at the state competition.”
In a field of more than 120 competitors students Ty Morton and Spencer McVicker ranked in the top 15.  The countdown round is a head-to-head buzzer competition, and in it Daimen Moody came in third.
The following students represented Moore in the regional competition:

Sixth grade–Hayden Rasure, Kaleb Hill, Kylker Ferrer, Astynn Alexander, Jacob Collier, Kelly Ring, Ethan Oliver, Mathew Spellman and Jose` Perez.
Seventh grade–Michael Walker, Jacob Mackey, Lali Quiballo and Kushan Gupta.
Eighth grade–Alyssa Graham, Ty Morton, Austin Koziol, NelsonHyland, Orry Bookout, Greyson Calhoun, Spencer McVicker and Daimen Moody.

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