Perla Valles, a second grader in Ms. Susan Larson’s class at Mullen Elementary School, and Abigail Rice, a fifth grader in Mrs. Crooker’s class at Lake Ridge Elementary School topped all Virginia students in their grade levels on the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2014 Math Beauty Contest. This annual contest gives students across Virginia a chance to show their problem solving abilities in “beautiful ways.” Students solve a mathematical problem related to the Standards of Learning at their grade level and write a paragraph to explain their thinking and problem solving strategies. Each winning student is awarded a framed certificate, a $25 gift card, and a pizza party for the class. Asher Avery, Mathematics Resource Teacher at Mullen ES, noted that “the opportunity for Mullen students to enter major contests throughout our county and state is a really important part of their educational growth and enrichment.”
Abigail entered the contest through her gifted education class. Barbara Magnum, Abigail’s SIGNET teacher at Lake RidgeES,said Abigail “does not believe she is a ‘math student’ but she tried her best with the problem and it paid off. She loves horses and she works hard at whatever she does.”
Congratulations Perla and Abigail for showing off your strong mathematics reasoning and problem solving skills. We are very proud to have two first-place winners in the PWCS community!