Rookie math team takes first at regional tournament

Rookie math team takes first at regional tournament
Nacogdoches ISD
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 5:34pm

A Nacogdoches group of rookie 6th graders and first-year coach took a regional math competition by storm last week.

The Mike Moses Middle School team left the MathCounts even on February 7 at Angelina College in Lufkin with a 1st place win, a trip to state, and the regional coach of the year.

The competitive program tested the Mike Moses students skills through 'bee' style contests and pitted them against fellow East Texas 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

Sixth graders taking part in the event included Sydney Rankin, Adam Engstrom, Daniel Morales, Nana Antwi-Boasiako, Jordan Engstrom, Alex Taaffe, and Sergio Sauceda.

Watts, a second-year teacher, earned coach of the year for producing a newly incepted group of rookie sixth graders to the state tournament — a competition overwhelmingly represented by some of Texas’ brightest seventh and eighth grade math students.

The next stop for the MathCounts team will be the State Competition Finals in Austin on March 22.

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