#smiles: Lander “Mathlete” competes in national competition.
Over the last few days, the top Middle School level math students from across the U.S. competed in the National MathCounts Competition in Orlando, Florida. Included on the Wyoming team was Felicity Olsson of Lander.
According to their website, MathCounts competitions have taken place all over the country at the school and state levels to determine the top students from every State. The process is similar to spelling bees.
Students take written tests and compete live to determine the top place finishers. In Orlando, the written tests are still being judged and final placement hasn’t been determined yet. However, the top 12 students of the competition have already been selected and competed live this morning on ESPN3. No Wyoming mathletes were in the top 12.
Wyoming was represented by four students, including Felicity. Also on the Wyoming team were Cooper Kaligis from Laramie, Jack Weiss from Gillette and Dane Lauritzen from Powell. The team was coached by Ely Sixbey, who teaches math at Lander Middle School and Scott Olsson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Wyoming Catholic College. Olsson attended the competition with his daughter Felicity, and the other students.