Four Mabel-Canton students were among the top 10 players in a “Sumdog” online math competition in which a group of 41 M-C students earned first place out of 12 area schools. The students finishing in the top 10 were, from left, Katelyn Kleiboer, fifth; Lauren Wyffels, third; Bethany Schneekloth, seventh; and Brooke Norby, 10th. All four students answered all 1,000 available questions.  HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
Four Mabel-Canton students were among the top 10 players in a “Sumdog” online math competition in which a group of 41 M-C students earned first place out of 12 area schools. The students finishing in the top 10 were, from left, Katelyn Kleiboer, fifth; Lauren Wyffels, third; Bethany Schneekloth, seventh; and Brooke Norby, 10th. All four students answered all 1,000 available questions. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
A group of 41 Mabel-Canton students collectively took first place recently in a competition of 12 southeast Minnesota schools in the digital "Sumdog" online math competition.

Sumdog is a free, online contest where the student has an opportunity to complete up to 1,000 math questions aimed for grades first through eighth. The program adapts its questions to the student's ability and then ranks the students and the school based on the number of correct answers.

"We give them some time in class, but a lot of them went home and worked on it," said RuthAnn Sacquitne. "I think it is motivational for the students that need motivation, and I like the idea that it has it at their level...it levels the questions so that they're not being asked questions that they cannot learn from - yet they are still challenging enough to help them grow in math."

Sacquitne said the game features the ability for the student to see their results instantly. "(It's) instant gratification...they know if they are right or they're wrong," she explained. "And that is a good positive thing with technology and math - because students need to know right away 'am I doing it right (or) am I doing it wrong' and if I am doing it wrong, what do I need to change?"

Mabel-Canton took first place in the week-long contest that ran from Jan. 24-30 between 12 southeast Minnesota schools with an average correct answer score of 368. Fillmore Central was runner-up with an average score of 352.

Four Mabel-Canton students were among the top 10 players, including Lauren Wyffels in third, Katelyn Kleiboer in fifth, Bethany Schneekloth in seventh and Brooke Norby in tenth place. All four students answered all 1,000 available questions.

Through out the course of the one-week competition, a total of 672 students sharpened their math skills in the 12 schools, 146,482 math questions were answered and 125,157 questions were answered correctly.

This is the second time Mabel-Canton students have played "Sumdog." They first entered the completion in October.

Because Mabel-Canton took first place, Sacquitne said the school will get a paid subscription for the website, which will allow her to print off reports for individual students, along with providing access to additional math games.

While another competition is not yet planned, Sacquitne said the school will defiantly participate again. "The kids really like it," she said.