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February 1, 2018

Newton County Theme School Math Team

Veterans Memorial Middle School Math Team

Two Newton County School System teams placed in the top three at the recent Division I, Griffin RESA 2018 Regional Middle School Math Contest.  Newton County Theme School’s math team took second place honors and the team from Veterans Memorial Middle School placed third at the prestigious event. The teams competed against other middle school teams from Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Pike, Spalding, and Upson counties.  

The math contest includes a one hour written test followed by a group-ciphering event. 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 school districts from our area,” added Dr. Gordy.

The Newton County Theme School team was comprised of eighth-graders Milan Parker, Hannah Scharf, Alayna Jones, Natalie Hanson, and Riley Poynter and was coached by Ms. Mindy Alexander. The Veterans Memorial Middle School team, coached by Mr. Michael Phillips, included eighth-graders Caden Winchester, Anjoli Gomes, and Markia Cook, and seventh-grader Natalie Henderson.

“I am very proud of the students from Newton County Theme School and Veterans Memorial Middle School,” said Dr. Nikkita Warfield, Director of Secondary Education for Newton County School System. “They definitely represented our school system very well at the Middle School Math Competition. Having two of the top three teams in the region is obviously very special and they should be commended for their hard work. I know they put in numerous hours studying and practicing for this competition.”