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 Students Participate in Countywide Math Challenge

Students from throughout the county got together May 23 to flex their math muscles at the 24 Challenge Math Program at the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE).

There were about 75 students in grades 4 through 6 from 16 different schools at the competition, which has been happening for more than 10 years.

Student who competed in the tournament competed in four rounds, working with groups of numbers to try to figure out how to make them equal 24 by using any combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

The winners from each grade level were all from San Ysidro schools. Sofia Huera from Willow Elementary School won in the fourth-grade competition, Guillermo Vazquez from Sunset Elementary School won in the fifth-grade category, and Kelly Villanueva, also from Willow Elementary, won for the sixth-graders.

“It’s nice to have a day when students in San Diego County can get excited about math,” said Jameson Rienick, math coordinator with SDCOE. “It’s cool to like math.”