After weather-related school cancellations and learning about negative numbers from the thermometer for several days, Pelican Rapids held its fourth meet of the junior high math league season in December. 

The young Vikings started strong, with four Vikings acing Test A. They were Treyd Dokken, Grady Larson, Cullen Hovland, and Kingsley Gray. Missing only one question on the first test were Alondra Diaz, Brenner Fredrickson, Hayden Haugrud, Miren Thomas, and Payton Welch. 

Getting two wrong on Test A were Emma Hanson, Michael Honrud, and Nicholas Rockstead. Test B seemed a bit more challenging, but Larson was able to achieve another perfect 14. Graham Pesch, Nicholas Rockstead, and Miren Thomas each missed one question.

Overall, Larson tied for first-place honors with two other students with perfect scores. Dokken’s 22 earned him ninth place in the region, while Gray, Hovland, and Thomas tied for 13th place. Haugrud, Fredrickson, and Rockstead were one question behind them. They were followed closely by Hanson, Diaz, and Pesch. Also competing well were Welch, Honrud, and Julianna Borgen.

The Pelican Rapids Vikings team’s top score on the team exam helped them claim second place at this meet. Team members were eighth graders Larson, Thomas, and Haugrud, and seventh graders Dokken, Hovland, and Fredrickson. The Pelican Rapids Orange team placed fifth out of 14 teams in the West Central region.

Cumulative results after four meets show the Pelican Rapids Vikings team in third place and the Pelican Rapids Orange team in ninth. Top individuals include Larson in fifth place, Hovland in 12th place, Haugrud in 14th place, Dokken in 17th place, and Fredrickson in 22nd place. 

The season consists of five meets; the last meet of the season will be in January. Year-end awards will be given to the top ten individuals and the top four teams in the region. Scores are very close, so the last meet will be an important one to determine final placings.