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Cheney students earn honors in State Math Competition

Cheney Middle School students took home several awards in the North Dakota State MATHCOUNTS competition held March 19 in Bismarck.

The honors included second place team ranking for members Preston Gapp, Nathaniel Ingebretson, Jarrett Meester and Sierra Romero, coached by Fiona Brendemuhl. Preston Gapp took home a second honor as one of the top four individuals from the competition, placing fourth overall, who will be representing North Dakota at the 2012 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National competition in Orlando, Fla., May 10-13. Jarrett Meester was honored with an award for taking eighth place in competition; and Cheney Middle School student Alex Hettwer was also a participant competing in the individual competition; prior to that taking seventh place honors at regional competition.

Parents of the students are: Chris and Jackie Gapp, Terry and Elsbeth Ingebretson, Terry and Carolyn Meester, Anna Romero and Frankie Romero, and Peter and Wanda Hettwer.

A team of middle school Mathletes from Hagen Junior High School in Dickinson took first place in the competition, Horizon Middle School in Bismarck, third, and Wachter Middle School, Bismarck, fourth.

Joining Gapp at the national competition this month will be Jackson Smith of Hagen Junior High School in Dickinson, Jamison Quanbeck who is home schooled in Fargo, and Samuel Wolf of Wachter Middle School in Bismarck. Their coach is Andrea Dorval, Hagen Junior High School, Dickinson.

The top four regional teams were also recognized at the competition. Regional teams consist of students who qualified for the state competition by their individual scores rather than their school team score.

In an increasing technological society, those students who do not begin developing strong problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life if they wish to pursue a medical, scientific, mathematical, engineering or technical career. As a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students, MATHCOUNTS prepares students for future career opportunities and success. More than 6 million students across the U.S. have participated in the MATHCOUNTS program.

The North Dakota State program is sponsored by Dakota Supply Group; Wold Engineering; Ellen Feldman & Ron Brockman; Great River Energy; Houston Engineering; Moore Engineering; North Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors; The Falkirk Mining Company (A Subsidiary of the North American Coal Corporation); Ulteig Engineers; Ackerman-Estvold Engineering & Management; Midwest Testing Laboratory; Prairie Engineering; Swenson, Hagen & Co.; and Webster, Foster & Weston. Leadership of the local MATHCOUNTS program is provided by members of the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers and the North Dakota County Superintendents Association.

The National Sponsors of MATHCOUNTS are Raytheon Company, U.S. Department of Defense, Northrop Grumman Foundation, National Society of Professional Engineers, Bezos Family Foundation, CNA Foundation, ConocoPhillips, Texas Instruments Incorporated, ThinkFun, and 3M Foundation. The National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CNA Foundation founded MATHCOUNTS.

Additional information on MATHCOUNTS is available at