The Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
The MATHCOUNTS team from Mountain View Middle School is made up of coach Ken Maroney ( left), Anthony Van Orden, Trevyn Case, Jesse Smith and Daylan Bird. In the front are Kendra Dustin, Carlee Miller and Vincent Millard. The MVMS will compete in the state competition.
Mountain View Middle School (MVMS) students will compete in the state MATHCOUNTS competition. The MVMS team placed third out of the 16 teams competing.
MVMS eighth grader Daylan Bird placed fifth in the individual competition and received a $750 scholarship to Idaho State University School of Engineering as well as winning a trophy.
MVMS math teacher Ken Maroney is the team's coach.
The top three teams and top 12 individuals move on to the state competition.
Daylan Bird, Trevyn Case, Anthony Van Orden and Jesse Smith form the MVMS team. Kendra Dustin, Carlee Miller and Vincent Millard competed individually.
"In MATHCOUNTS, you not only solve math problems but also solve story problems that are applied to real life," said Bird. "I think it's interesting how math can really help in our everyday lives."
Van Orden said, "[In MATHCOUNTS] I get to be with my friends and do something I enjoy."
"You use a lot more of your brain than with normal math," said Smith.
"I liked seeing green grass," said Case.
"It's great," said Miller. "My mom made me take the class; I want to be an engineer."
"I'm doing better in math," said Dustin.
Speaking of MATHCOUNTS, Millard said, "I loved what I came for."
Maroney has been coaching MATHCOUNTS for 20 years, first in Arizona and at MVMS since 1995.
This was the 29th Annual Southeast Idaho Chapter Competition. It took place at ISU last Saturday.
MATHCOUNTS state competition is Saturday, March 10, at Boise State University.
The top four finalists in the individual competition will form the Idaho All-Star team. Each state sends one All-Star team to the national competition on Friday, May 11, in Orlando, Fla.