Local students score well in Mathcounts competition

Manistee News Advocate Associate Editor
Published: Friday, February 11, 2011

SCOTTVILLE -- Several Manistee area students had good showings at Wednesday’s 26th Annual Mathcounts competition that was held on the campus of West Shore Community College and sponsored by engineers in Manistee and Mason counties.

A total of 208 middle school students from the Manistee and Mason-Lake Oceana Intermediate School Districts schools took part in the competition in three different categories. Special awards went to the top 10 teams, individuals and the top three students in the countdown.

“All the students that participated were given a scholarship for one class at West Shore Community College that they can use in the future,” said the Manistee Intermediate School District’s Kay Salyer.

The Manistee Middle School team that was coached by Mike Swanson tied for first place in the team division with a team from the Ludington Area Public Schools O.J. DeJonge Middle School that were coached by Kelly Chapman and Cinda Whipple. Team members for the Manistee team included Taylor Antal, Hannah Harland, Jessica Gustad and Annie Fuller. Ludington’s team consisted of Spencer Hackert, Jacob Harris, Garrett Hays, and Zac Schoon. Tying for third place with 33 point was Michele Warman's team from Onekama Consolidated Schools. They were made up of Louise Barnard, Janique Berard, Jarett Sovereign, and Jacinda Misico. They tied with a Ludington Area Team from O.J. DeJonge Middle School.

The larger schools in the district brought several teams to the competition. Overall standings for the team event were as follows:
  • Manistee Area Middle School: 37.25 points;
  • O.J. DeJonge Middle School: 37.25 points;
  • Walkerville: 34.75 points;
  • Onekama: 33.75 points;
  • O.J. DeJonge Middle School: 33.75 points;
  • Hart: 33.25 points;
  • Mason County Central: 33 points;
  • Mason County Central: 33 points;
  • O.J. DeJonge Middle School 33 points;
  • O.J. DeJonge Middle School 30.25 points;

Three Manistee County School students placed in the top 10 spots of the individual competition and leading the way was Manistee Middle School student Jessica Gustad with 39 points. Tied for fourth place was Manistee Middle School’s Taylor Antal with 33 points and tied for fifth place with 32 points was Manistee Catholic Central’s Joseph Slivka.

Standings for the individual competition were as follows:

  • Jessica Gustad, Manistee Middle School: 39;
  • Ashley Harrie, O.J. DeJonge School: 36;
  • Nathaniel Bradford, Mason County Central 35;
  • Jacob Harrie, O.J. DeJonge  School: 35;
  • Taylor Antal, Manistee Public Schools: 33;
  • Stephanie Kelly, O.J. DeJonge : 33;
  • Joseph Slivka, Manistee Catholic Central: 32;
  • Jacob Janowiak, O.J. DeJonge  School: 32;
  • Jason Mickevich, Mason County Central: 31;
  • Charlie Cressel, O.J. DeJonge  School: 31

Top three students in the countdown round were Jacob Harrie of the O.J. DeJonge Middle School, Jason Mickevich of Mason County Central and Stephanie Kelly of the O.J. DeJonge Middle School.


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