Math Gurus Converge to Compete in Annual Competition


After a dousing of snow postponed the annual Nippon Electric Glass and Laughlin Furniture Outlet Math Field Day competition, fifth-grade mathematicians were finally able to test their skills and knowledge upon their return from the recent break. 

Students began the competition with the morning challenge of Do You Think What I Think, where they were required students to use their mental math skills to solve problems using only paper and a pencil.  The following emerged as this year’s morning challenge winner:

  • Boiling Springs’s Merry Math Maniacs - Emma Mull

  • Casar’s Number Nutcrackers 2K18 - Adam Chaney

  • Fallston’s Equation Elves - Audrey Harrison

  • Kings Mtn. Intermediate’s Gifted Geeks Team 1 - (TIE) Lucas Davis and Brayden Carroll

  • Kings Mtn. Intermediate’s Gifted Geeks Team 2 - Talon May

  • Shelby Intermediate’s Christmas Squared - Rowan Craver

  • Shelby Intermediate’s Frosty Mathematicians - Tristen Simpson

  • Springmore’s Solving Snowkids - Nate Freeman

  • Township Three’s Hot Chocolate Mathmallows - Tanner Putnam

  • Union’s Elfmatics - Jason Blanchard

  • Washington’s Mathematicals - Khonlee Bolton


The remainder of the day was devoted to the team competition where students worked together to solve a variety of tasks.

  • Task 1: We Are Santa’s Elves - students designed, constructed, and solved problems dealing with area, perimeter, and volume. The winner of this task was the Shelby Intermediate Christmas Squared.

  • Task 2: It’s Beginning to Look  A Lot Like Christmas - students applied and extended their understanding of place value systems.  The Shelby Intermediate Christmas Squared was the highest scoring team for this task as well.

  • Task 3: Rudolph and His Friends - students solved real-world problems involving fractions using all four operations. The Kings Mountain Intermediate Gifted Geeks 2 scored the highest of all schools for this challenge.

  • Task 4: 12 Days of Christmas - students solved and wrote numerical expressions using their understanding of the order of operations. The Kings Mountain Intermediate Gifted Geeks 1 took the win for this challenge.

 The Kings Mountain Intermediate Gifted Geeks 2 team was the first place overall problem-solving champions while Shelby Intermediate Christmas Squared took second and the Fallston Elementary Equation Elves rounded out the top three

Teamwork Award
Math Field Day promotes teamwork by requiring students to work together, share ideas, and communicate while solving math challenges.  The Springmore Solving Snow Kids won the team award for exhibiting outstanding collaboration at this year’s event.

Click here to view the Math Day awards ceremony.

Greg Shull