"It is not enough to have a good mind," the philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes said. "The main thing is to use it well."
Some Warren County School District students used their good minds well at the MATHCOUNTS Chapter Level Competition at Gannon University in Erie on Saturday.
Although no county competitor scored an individual result that qualified for the final round, the team scores were solid.
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Members of the MATHCOUNTS Chapter Level Competition eighth-place team from Eisenhower Middle School are, from left, Trenten DIppold, Aidan Farrell, Josef Bauer, and Brodie VanOrd.
"The kids did very well but since no one made the top 10, we were all disappointed," Learning Enrichment Center Math Teacher Kellie Blasco said.
Of the 20 teams from northwestern Pennsylvania, a team comprised of Beaty-Warren Middle School students came in fifth and the Eisenhower Middle School team finished eighth.
The Beaty team used a top-heavy attack, with four members finishing in the top fourth of the field of about 130 students.
Blasco cited "strong performances" from Nick Lindsey - 14th, Caitlin Strassburg - 15th, Andrew Egger - 28th, and Josh John - 32nd. The rest of the Beaty contingent included Francesca Beuger, Aidan Colosimo, Maxx Davis, Lionel Eason, and Lily Striker.
On the Eisenhower team, Blasco lauded Aidan Farrell - 24th, Lydia Giannini - 25th, Brodie VanOrd - 40th, Josef Bauer - 85th, and Trenten Dippold - 87th. The other competitors were Sam Holt and Josh Wolff.
Russell Elementary and Youngsville Elementary/Middle did not have enough competitors to form their own teams. Representing those schools were Raiyan Ahmad and Jack Shaw from Russell, and Rebekah Hogg and Nick Bayer from YEMS.
The top 10 finishers after the first three rounds of competition face off head-to-head, with tenth place facing off against ninth and the winner moving on to face eighth, and so on, until the survivor of places two through 10 faces the first place finisher.
The competition welcomes students in sixth through eighth grades. Many of the district's competitors will be eligible for the event again.
"Most of the mathletes are seventh graders so we will try again next year," Blasco said.