Charlie Larson, Willem Pesch, Brody Syverson, Gage Treinen, and Clair Schleske, students at Viking Elementary School, participated in the regional Math Masters Challenge at Good Shepherd Church in Moorhead, Minnesota March 1

Pelican Viking Elementary “Math Masters.”

The team advisor/coach is Kim Gottenborg.

75 students competed individually and as teams on eight sets of mathematical problems in this competition. Charlie and Brody placed in the top 15.

Math Masters began as a fifth grade math competition program in 1989 with teams from 44 schools taking part. In 1995 the competition was expanded to include sixth graders and this year there are approximately 5,500 fifth and sixth graders registered to compete. Schools are encouraged to involve as many of their fifth and sixth grade students as possible in the use of the Math Masters packet of challenge preparation materials. A team selection test is provided to assist coaches in choosing students to represent their schools. Math Masters is designed to promote excellence in critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities as well as provide recognition to students for academic effort and achievement.

Teams and individual students from private as well as public schools may compete in Math Masters. Math Masters is a 501(c)(3) organization. Math Masters is supported by the Hormel Foundation as well as many other individuals and businesses.