Sixth grade students participating in Math Wizards this year were, in front, from left, Michael Blackburn, Sam Folstad, Wyatt Murphy, Chandler Guberud, Amelia Solum, Addison Deschler and Kyle Hagen. In back are Alex Ellingson, Liz Garcia-Holty, Marie Peterson, Jacine Johanningmeier, Carter Bratland, and Katie Lamm. Not shown is Alex Deters.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->MARLENE DESCHLER/SPRING GROVE HERALD
Sixth grade students participating in Math Wizards this year were, in front, from left, Michael Blackburn, Sam Folstad, Wyatt Murphy, Chandler Guberud, Amelia Solum, Addison Deschler and Kyle Hagen. In back are Alex Ellingson, Liz Garcia-Holty, Marie Peterson, Jacine Johanningmeier, Carter Bratland, and Katie Lamm. Not shown is Alex Deters.

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In some way, shape, or form, people use math every day in their life from measuring flour for a recipe to paying for groceries at the store to paying bills. There is math everywhere. Fifth and sixth grade students at Spring Grove Public School are becoming whizzes at math as they competed against other area schools in the Math Wizards competitions this winter.

During a Math Wizards competition, math problems that the students work on cover topics such as geometry, numeration, fractions/decimals, averages, factorials, money, measurement, and more. Each meet is made up of three different competitions - the Math Wizards Quiz, the Individual Rounds, and the Team Round.

During the Math Wizards Quiz, the students have five minutes to answer as many of the 45 math fact problems as possible on a worksheet without using a calculator. During the two 20-minute Individual Rounds the students have 12 story problems to solve during each round. The final competition is a 25-minute Team Round where the students work as a group to solve story problems.

"This year went well for our students. Math Wizards is a challenge, and we had lots of kids rise to the occasion and win awards," said Spring Grove Public School Math Wizards coordinator, Deb Morken. "I want to thank all the volunteers that came along to help, as without them, we couldn't do it! Also, I want to thank the kids - it is so much fun for me to see how excited they can be about math!"

Each Math Wizards' season consists of three meets. Meet 1 was held at Kingsland Middle School in Wykoff on Jan. 13. Five schools competed - Fillmore Central, Kingsland, Lanesboro, Mabel-Canton and Spring Grove. Spring Grove students that received awards in the Wizard Quiz at this meet were: fifth grade student, Garrett Bergrud (10th) and sixth grade students, Alex Deters (third) and Sam Folstad (10th). In the Individual Round, fifth grade student Garrett Bergrud placed eighth, and sixth grade students Alex Deters placed first, Sam Folstad placed eighth, and Amelia Solum placed 10th.

Meet 2 at Spring Grove was scheduled for Jan. 27 but due to weather had to be rescheduled to Feb. 11. Fillmore Central was unable to attend the rescheduled meet due to a prior commitment. Wizard Quiz winners from fifth grade were: Rachel Krenzke (sixth) and Garrett Bergrud (seventh). Sixth grade Wizard Quiz winners were Alex Deters (second), Carter Bratland (fourth), and Chandler Bergrud and Wyatt Murphy tied for ninth. In the Individual Round, winners were Alex Deters (fourth), Carter Bratland (sixth), Amelia Solum (seventh), and Wyatt Murphy (ninth). One sixth grade team also placed second; team members were: Carter Bratland, Alex Deters, Sam Folstad, Katie Lamm, and Amelia Solum.

Meet 3 was held on Feb. 4 in Chatfield and was a larger meet that included the teams from the first two meets plus Chatfield, Dover-Eyota, Lewiston-Altura, Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Rushford-Peterson and Wabasha-Kellogg. Winners from this meet were Carter Bratland (10th) and Alex Deters (14th) in the Wizard Quiz.

The Math Wizards program has existed for 21 years and Morken has been a coordinator for 17 of those years.

"Over the past 17 years, I have seen the same excitement time after time. Win or lose, they have so much fun!" commented Morken. "I love math, and I try to make it fun for everyone. That is why I have anyone who wants to participate in Math Wizards give it a try."

Fifth grade students participating in this year's Math Wizards program were: Garrett Bergrud, Kennedy Bornholdt, Kelsey Bratland, Brody Christiansen, Carson Gavin, Isaac Gengler, Olivia Gleason, Isaac Griffin, Paige Jahnke, Rachel Krenzke, Olivia Mendez, Jakob Myrah, Aidan Olson, Mitchell Reynolds, Kayden Schulte and Piper Thompson.

Sixth grade participants included: Chandler Bergrud, Michael Blackburn, Carter Bratland, Addison Deschler, Alex Deters, Alex Ellingson, Sam Folstad, Kyle Hagen, Liz Garcia-Holty, Jacine Johanningmeier, Katie Lamm, Wyatt Murphy, Marie Peterson and Amelia Solum.