Rocky Mountain Middle School math team wins state contest

The Rocky Mountain Middle School seventh-grade math team showed they are true math whizzes as they took top honors at the Wolsborn-Drazovich State Mathematics Contest at Northwest College April 27.

Rocky Mountain seventh-grade math team members (l-r) Taylor Despain, Devin Gilmore and Zane Horrocks won the State Math Contest at Northwest College April 27. Despain racked up 495 points to earn individual honors. David Peck photo

Rocky Mountain seventh-grade math team members (l-r) Taylor Despain, Devin Gilmore and Zane Horrocks won the State Math Contest at Northwest College April 27. Despain racked up 495 points to earn individual honors.
David Peck photo

The RMMS seventh-grade team came away from the contest as champions led by Taylor Despain, who was the individual seventh-grade champ.

The Rocky squad scored 1,125 points, with 495 points scored by Despain. Other members of the Rocky Mountain championship team were Zane Horrocks and Devin Gilmore.

Joining Rocky in the competition were Powell, Thermopolis, Burlington and Joliet, Mont.

Despain said the students took five 10-question quizzes, with 20 minutes allowed for each quiz. Right answers were worth 20 points, with five points deducted for wrong answers. Questions not answered had a value of zero. She said she answered 31 questions and got 26 of them right in the fields of algebra and geometry.

Eleven seventh-graders traveled to Powell for the contest, along with eighth-graders and high school students. Despain, Horrocks and Gilmore were the top three scorers for the RMMS seventh grade, but all scores count in the team championship.

“No one got in the negatives (for final score), which is the first time that has happened,” Despain said.

Despain said math is her favorite subject, getting her interest from both of her parents, Richard and Meredith. She said she enjoys learning from her math teacher, Justin Moss.

“I really like how he runs things,” she said. “He tries hard to make sure everyone knows as much as they can. He goes over it multiple times in class.”

Despain, Horrocks and Gilmore received a medal for their exploits, and the school received a trophy to display.

By David Peck

 

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