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Congratulations to the Fridley Middle School 8th grade team who earned third place in the Wisconsin and Minnesota 51st Annual Mathematics Contest hosted by St. Cloud University on April 5, 2018.
Three 8th grade students, Andrew Ramirez, Christina Hoglund and Eddie Nordin, placed in the top 10 percent, while Andy Stevenson placed in the top 15 percent. With those four students leading the way, the 45 member strong 8th grade team earned third place out of 28 middle school teams. Over 1,200 7th and 8th grade students from both Wisconsin and Minnesota competed in this year’s contest.
The annual contest is hosted by the St. Cloud University department of Mathematics and Statistics, and the Computer and Information Technology department.
During the competition, students are given a challenging 35 question mathematics exam to complete in one hour. Following the exam, students are scored individually and as a team per each grade level.
Participation in the contest is open to all Fridley Middle School students. Prior to the event, students prepare to compete by working on problems during extended math class sessions, as well as attend after-school sessions to practice in contest format.
Fridley Middle School math teacher Benjamin Richards said working on these problems allows students to exercise and apply the concepts they are currently working on in algebra, geometry and algebra 2. Additionally, the students are introduced to concepts they have yet to study specifically, which promotes inquiry of asking teachers questions and doing their own research online.
Richards said participating in this event is valuable to our middle school students, as they can gain math competition experience prior to joining the high school math team.
“This opportunity also really highlights the idea that there are many ways to answer math questions,” Richards said. “It’s so fun to see a smile on a student’s face when they show the rest of the group a creative way to solve problems, sometimes that us teachers can’t even see. It’s great to see them finding their own way to do it and then explain it to their peers.”
This year, Fridley Middle School has initiated an after-school Math Camp. The camp focuses on interesting math questions, games and math activities for students to build confidence in mathematics.
Three Fridley Middle School 8th grade students Christina Hoglund, Andrew Ramirez and Edward Nordin placed in the top 10 percent in the math contest. Additionally, Andrew Stevenson placed in the top 15 percent. Pictured from left to right: Hoglund, Ramirez and Nordin.
Over 50 Fridley High School and Fridley Middle School students attended the Youth in Government (YIG) Model United Nations Conference from April 5-7, 2018 at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center. This conference is part of the YMCA’s YIG program, which provides experiential government learning opportunities to students in grades 7-12.
Model United Nations is a simulation in which students represent United Nations member states and meet to find solutions to common world issues. Participation in this world government simulation allows students to practice the arts of compromise and diplomacy, while finding answers to tough questions, and respecting opposing points of view.
Prior to the conference, students research their assigned country and complete a ‘status report’ so all members fully understand the country’s origin and current state. Research aspects include major wars and conflicts, geography, economy, natural resources, culture and more. Students also write position papers which help them prepare for discussion in their assigned committees. The paper topics are based on those discussed by actual United Nations committees and delegates. Some of the topics discussed this year included surveillance and the right to privacy, access to safe water and sanitation, and genetically modified organisms in international trade.
According to YIG advisor Jessica Schuette, Model United Nations is an excellent opportunity for students to engage in debates about global issues in a realistic out-of-classroom experience.
“It makes these issues real and asks students to learn about and even debate those issues from the perspective of another country, which can be difficult if it does not match their own feelings,” Schuette said.
She added that Model United Nations, as well as other YIG programs, is youth-led, meaning that the conference is led by appointed and elected high school students and college-age former participants of the program.
“Many of the choices for the conference are decided by a steering committee made up of student participants, putting young people in the position to make the conference their own,” Schuette said. “Also, with over 900 students registered this year, it is a great opportunity for our students to meet others from all over the state and make connections.”
The Fridley YIG program is popular among high school and middle school students, boasting one of the largest delegations in the state. Participation in YIG allows students to develop leadership, public speaking and research skills, as well as receive a valuable civics education.