By NATALIE SCOTT
Poland McKinley students Jared Tucker and Tyler Berry recently took first and third place, respectively, at the Math 24 Regional Tournament for Trumbull and Mahoning counties, while Poland Middle School student Noah Landry took first, as well.
The team has been practicing every week since the beginning of school to compete in the challenge.
“Before the tournament, the whole team went to someone’s house to practice,” said Berry. “We also practiced a lot individually. I have an app on my iPod that helped me practice.”
The students faced many different types of math problems, some harder than others, but all calling on students’ skills to find the solution.
“Pocket variables are the hardest kinds of problems to solve, for me,” said Tucker. “I like a challenge, though. I like doing all the three-dot cards — that’s the hardest level of cards in Math 24.”
Math 24 is a challenging extracurricular that offers problems for children of all skill sets and ages.
Students begin working at the beginning of the school year and practice weekly to compete.
“Math 24 is great,” said Landry. “If you love math and you are willing to practice and really work for what you want, you should definitely join.”
“If you want to do Math 24 and you are scared or nervous, don’t worry,” said Tucker.
“I will help any student that wants to join Math 24 practice. Any student that wants to should do it.”