The second-place Conners Emerson team at the state MATHCOUNTS competition on Mar. 9 included coach Joel Graber, Rex DeMuro, Carlina Leonardi, Lillian Swan, Evan Ankrom, coach Sarah Winne and Zoey Ray. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOEL GRABER

Math teams shine at states



FAIRFIELD Students from Mount Desert Island schools made a strong showing at the State MATHCOUNTS Competition at Kennebec Valley Community College earlier this month.

Mount Desert Elementary School, Tremont Consolidated School, and Conners Emerson School sent participants to the March 9 event.

The 10th place Mount Desert Elementary team included Jay Haney, Roger Strauss, Julia Strauss, Mia Eason, Emma Simard. PHOTO COURTESY OF ALEXANDER GARRETT

Representing Mount Desert Elementary were seventh graders Jay Haney, Roger Strauss and Emma Simard, and eighth graders Julia Strauss, Mia Eason and Jolie Deal. The team finished 10th in the state, with three individual members placing in the top 50, according to coach Alexander Garrett.

Tremont School was represented by eighth grader Francis Burns. Coach Geoffrey Wood said Burns represented well and enjoyed the experience. “[Burns] was able to work with students from other schools as part of an ‘unofficial’ team,” Wood said. “Individuals who qualified for the state competition but are not part of a team are placed together so they can still experience the team round.”

Wood continued, “I think it’s good for kids who are ‘high flyers’ in their local schools to realize that there are a lot of really bright kids out there, and this competition definitely exposes them to that fact.”

Conners Emerson sent eighth graders Rex DeMuro, Carlina Leonardi, Lillian Swan and Evan Ankrom, and sixth grader Zoey Ray. The eighth grade team placed second in the state, according to coaches Joel Graber and Sarah Winne, losing to the Middle School of the Kennebunks by only 0.25 points.

As individuals, all four team members placed in the top 30. “We’re very pleased and proud,” said Graber.

Ray participated in the winning “ad hoc” team, and placed 67th overall, according to Graber.

Winne will be retiring as coach after this season. She retired from teaching math last year. At the state competition, Winne was honored for her significant commitment and efforts, coaching for a total of 31 years between two different schools.

Becky Pritchard
Becky Pritchard covers the town of Bar Harbor, where she lives with her family and intrepid news-dog Joe-Joe. She worked six seasons as a park ranger in Acadia, and still enjoys spending her spare time there.

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