On Monday, March 14th, Lowndes High School's chapter of Mu Alpha Theta hosted the 2nd Annual Middle School Math "Pi Day" Competition. Students from Georgia Christian, Highland Christian Academy, Hahira MS, Lowndes MS, Newbern MS, Pine Grove MS, and Valdosta MS participated in the event. Students began the day by making their best guess as to how many chocolate candies were in a very large glass jar. The closest guess (off by just one) was made by Jared Lawlor from Lowndes Middle, and he was able to take home the candy jar as his prize.
Next, students completed an individual test of 24 questions then made their way to the team round where they worked through 10 problems with a team of 4 students from their school. 52 students on 13 teams participated.
Students ate a picnic-style lunch with burgers, chips, cookies and a drink provided by Sam's Club and cooked up by Ray and Son Heating and Air. Students then chose a representative from each school to participate in a pie-eating contest. The winner (who ate 200 grams of pie) was Matthew Hall from Highland Christian Academy. Students also had the opportunity to compete to name as many digits of pi as they could. Mason Griffin from Pine Grove won this contest. Mason recited 161 digits.
Trophies were given out to the top 5 individual scorers and the top 3 teams. Scores for teams were calculated by totaling individual and team round scores. The results were as follows:
Individually, Jon Liu (HMS-Team A) placed 5th, Powell Strickler (HMS Team A) placed 4th, Chunjin Park (Highland Team A) placed 3rd, Carter Holly (HMS Team B) placed 2nd, and 1st place, with a perfect score on the individual test, went to Albert Kang from VMS Team A.
The third place team winner was Highland Christian Academy Team A. Second Place went to Valdosta MS Team A. And the overall winner of the 2nd Annual Middle School Math Contest was Hahira MS Team A.
LHS Mu Alpha Theta members assisted with all aspects of this competition including proctoring the individual test, monitoring teams, making lunches, and distributing awards. A lot of hard work and dedication from these students resulted in a fun-filled day with MATH at the center.
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