The 5th Annual Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Mathematics Bee was held at Detroit School of Arts last month. It was organized to instill and encourage a love for mathematics in aspiring young scholars. This event was comprised of three divisions: first and second graders, third-fifth graders and for the first time sixth-eighth graders from across the district.
The Mathematics Bee was sponsored by the Office of Mathematics Education under the leadership of Irene Nordé, Ph.D., Deputy Executive Director. During her greetings to the participants Dr. Nordé said, “You are already winners!” Proud parents responded with applause and gave a huge shout-out to their children at the start of the competition. Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather also gave greetings and remarks preceding the third-fifth grade competition.
Drum roll please … the winners are:
First Place – Jaiden Davis, second grade, Nichols Elementary-Middle School
Second Place – Taryn Edwards, second grade, Pasteur Elementary School
Third Place – Juan Bermejo-Flores, second grade, Harms Elementary School
First Place – Virginia Travis, fourth grade, Nichols Elementary-Middle School
Second Place – Alexis Givens, fifth grade, Ronald Brown Academy
Third Place – Mustafa Al-Ammoury, third grade, Gardner Elementary
First Place – Yasin Ahmed, eighth grade, Burton International
Second Place – Jacob Ankton, seventh grade, FLICS
Third Place – Timari Claybourne, eighth grade, Bates Academy
The first place winner from each competition received an individual trophy and a $25 gift card, as well as a trophy for their school to remain on display. Second and third place winners received individual trophies and $10 gift cards.
Parents, students, educators and other staff thoroughly enjoyed the event. Every participant walked away with a Certificate of Participation and a gift bag filled with treats, but the most important benefit was the exposure. All students received a heightened level of confidence and a challenge to boost their mathematical skills. Some students have stated that they will be ‘busy as bees’ preparing for next year’s competition!