Math is Cool team takes second among NCW Division II teams

WENATCHEE - The Tonasket fourth grade Math is Cool team took second place at Regionals in Wenatchee April 17, with...

The fourth grade Math is Cool team took second place among a dozen schools at Regionals Pictured, L-R, front row: Reese Vassar, Arlee Walker, Jacie Deebach, Sismai Eligio, Isaias Sanchez, Kendra Castrejon, Jessica Calderon back row, L-R, Damion Savage, Tyson Schertenleib, William Ortega-Barajas, Josh Martin, Sarah Silverthorn, Tyler Duchow, Juan Castaneda, Guadalupe Cosino. Principal Jeremy Clark and Coach Scott Olson. Not pictured: Coach Kari Alexander, Rachel Bolich, Alexis Rodriguez-Smith, Matthew Smith-Seidl and Josiah Thompson.
The fourth grade Math is Cool team took second place among a dozen schools at Regionals
Pictured, L-R, front row: Reese Vassar, Arlee Walker, Jacie Deebach, Sismai Eligio, Isaias Sanchez, Kendra Castrejon, Jessica Calderon
back row, L-R, Damion Savage, Tyson Schertenleib, William Ortega-Barajas, Josh Martin, Sarah Silverthorn, Tyler Duchow, Juan Castaneda, Guadalupe Cosino. Principal Jeremy Clark and Coach Scott Olson. Not pictured: Coach Kari Alexander, Rachel Bolich, Alexis Rodriguez-Smith, Matthew Smith-Seidl and Josiah Thompson.

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.

Joe Thornton took first place among 152 mathematicians, and will be competing at State May 16.
Joe Thornton took first place among 152 mathematicians, and will be competing at State May 16.

“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.

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