WENATCHEE – The Tonasket fourth grade Math is Cool team took second place at Regionals in Wenatchee April 17, with Joe Thornton taking first place in the individual competitions.
“I’m lucky,” said Thornton, “math has always just come easy to me.”
Thornton was the top fourth grader among all Division II schools in North Central Washington, from Oroville to Yakima.
Tonasket’s team of 20 students, coached by Scott Olson and Kari Alexander, competed with 152 students from 12 schools. Isaiahs Sanchez took 11th place, and coming in at 14th place was Sarah Silverthorn.
“I am very proud of the kids’ academic performance and for the way they represented our community while traveling,” said Jeremy Clark, Tonasket Elementary School Principal. “They brought home a beautiful plaque for our trophy case.”
Thornton will be competing at the State level, along with the 5th grade Math is Cool team, when they travel to the Masters Competition in Moses Lake May 16.