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Indian Creek Middle School’s math team earned third place honors in the recent Division III, Griffin RESA 2016 Regional Middle School Math Contest.  Teams from Cousins Middle School, Veterans Memorial Middle School, and Newton County Theme School also participated in the middle school competition; Alcovy High School, Eastside High School, Newton High School, and Newton College and Career Academy fielded teams in the high school competition. The district’s teams competed against schools from Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Upson counties.  

The Regional Math Contest includes a one hour written test followed by a twenty question team ciphering event.

“The written test includes all middle school concepts and has a mixture of different types of math problems,” said Indian Creek Middle School math team coach, Priscilla Waters. “The ciphering portion is nothing but word problems with multi-steps to solve and the students only have three minutes to solve them.”

According to Dr. Stephanie Gordy, Executive Director for Griffin RESA, awards for the top three teams in each division are based on a total team score comprised of the top four highest scores on the written test and the team score on the ciphering event. Competitive divisions are determined by school enrollment.

“This year approximately 150 students participated from almost 30 middle schools representing the eight school districts from our area,” added Dr. Gordy.

Indian Creek’s team, coached by Waters, included: Austin Wells, Jared Seals, Valente Rangel, Logan Putnam, Van Nipper, and Ian Kennedy.

“The team was all-volunteer and they practiced one day a week after school,” said Waters. “I am very proud of them. There were 27 schools in three divisions represented at RESA for the contest.  We are a large middle school with almost a 1,000 students, so we are in the large division, which had us competing with some very tough schools. I have been told it is very difficult to place in this division so we were very excited to take third place.”

Waters added that the team is already excited about participating again next year.

“They are already looking at ways for me to change the practices next year to help them earn more points,” she said. “They’ve got their eyes on first or second place next year!”

“This recognition is well-deserved,” said Indian Creek Middle School principal, Dr. Renee Mallard. “I am so proud of the work and effort these students put forth. It is obvious that they think like mathematicians, from their interest in the subject to their request to put a message on the team shirts in binary code! The students on the Math Team are excellent representatives of Indian Creek Middle School, are all well-rounded role models, and will have successful futures.”