WMS mathletes compete at state

By on Wednesday, March 15th, 2023 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

SALEM – Four students from Weston Middle School represented the Northeast Oregon Chapter of MATHCOUNTS in Salem this past Saturday. While they did not finish in the top four, making them eligible for the national competition, they worked hard and also got to enjoy a tour of the Capitol and visit with Sen. Bill Hansell (R-Athena).

Earlier this year, the school held a local competition to identify students who would participate in the chapter-level competition on Feb. 18. Wesley Thomas, Colton Brummett, Finley Perkins, River Dennett, Bennett Cavalletto, Colby Perkins, and Theo Sprenger qualified and, coached by eighth-grade math teacher Haven Neal, competed against other students from the district.

At that competition, Colby Perkins was fourth overall and third in the timed countdown round. He, along with Finley Perkins, Cavalletto, and Sprenger were named the first place team at the regional event.

Colby, Bennett, and Theo are eighth-grade honor students who also play football and basketball. Colby and Theo participate in the leadership program and Bennett is active in 4-H. All three are getting ready to play Babe Ruth baseball next month. Finley is one of only a few sixth-grade students qualifying for the state competition. He is an honor roll student who also played basketball and football for WMS.

Weston Middle School has a long tradition of participating in MATHCOUNTS as part of its mission statement to create culture and programs that value individualized learning. MATHCOUNTS provides programs to middle school students of all ability levels across the nation to build confidence and improve attitudes about math and problem solving.