Rayen Middle School students factor in success in math contest




Rayen Early College Middle School students’ math skills add up to success.

The school’s Challenge 24 team placed first, second and fourth at the competition last month at Youngstown Christian School.

Eighth graders Anthony Douglas, 14, Trey Ingram, 14, and Damon McDowell, 13, earned first, second and fourth place honors, respectively.

LaRayzhia Tolbert, an eighth grader at Volney Rogers Middle School, took third place at the competition.

“I don’t think people realize what amazing kids we have in the Youngstown City Schools,” said Maureen Donofrio, the team coach and a seventh grade pre-algebra teacher at the early college middle school.

The Challenge 24 contest, which included Mahoning County schools, tests competitors’ math schools. Students gather around a table and a card, bearing four numbers, is placed in front of them.

“You have to make all four numbers equal 24,” Anthony explained. “You can use multiplication, addition, division and subtraction.”

When a student believes he or she has an answer, they tap the card and then announce how they reached 24. If they’re correct, they get points based on the level of difficulty of the problem.

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