Tasman Leader : August 22nd 2013
12 THE TASMAN LEADER, AUGUST 22, 2013 NEWS 5556275AA P P Prrriiic c ce e e Parklands 'smash' problem-solving By ALASTAIR PAULIN Meeting of minds: Collingwood Area School year 10 students, Meghan Zeller, left, Clarissa Barhaan, Josh Henderson and Ashleigh Beck make their way through the 2013 NelsoMathix Competition at Nelson College last Wednesday night. Photo: ALDEN WILLIAMS Calculating success: The year 7 winning NelsoMathix team from Parklands School with their maths teacher, Andrea Smith, are from left, Amy Lomas, Laura Bowdler, Alex Brogan and Raven August. Photo ALASTAIR PAULIN For only the second time in the ASB NelsoMathix problem solving compe- tition's 14-year history, a Motu- eka school has taken top place. Parklands School's year 7 team of Raven August, Laura Bowdler, Alex Brogan and Amy Lomas got all the answers right in the 30-minute, 20-problem competition and finished in just 17 minutes, several minutes ahead of runners-up and regular winners, Waimea Intermediate. These guys absolutely sma- shed it,'' their delighted teacher Andrea Smith said. She was monitoring their progress from the sidelines at Nelson College by watching team member Alex Brogan. If he gave the thumbs-up when run- ner Raven August returned from the scorer's table, she knew all was well. The team were among 276 of the best young mathematicians from across Nelson and Marl- borough who competed in year 7, 8, 9 and 10 categories. They had to solve problems such as: There were 23 teams in last year's year 7 competition. Each school could enter one or two teams. What is the least number of schools that com- peted? (Answer below). The team's success has given Andrea ideas for making Park- lands a math quiz powerhouse as well. The plan is to win next year in year 8 and I want to start training year 6s for next year too,'' she said. Motueka High School head of maths Faith Jackson was thril- led with her teams' performan- ces too. The year 9 A team came third and the year 10 A team came second, making it the first time the school had placed in both year levels. She said that for Parklands, with its 24 pupils in year 7, to defeat the large schools was absolutely outstanding''. If you knew the answer to the problem above was 12 then you might be a future winner too. The other winners were: year 8 Waimea Intermediate School A, year 9 Waimea College B and year 10 Nelson College A.
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