Release Date: 3/16/2010
Contact: Charles Herndon, 410-887-6111

Baltimore County student math talent multiplies in this year's M&T Bank 24 Challenge®

Students from Lutherville, Dundalk, Essex areas excel in annual contest

TOWSON, MD. (March 16, 2010) -More than 240 children in grades 5-8 from 75 county elementary schools and 24 county middle schools gathered at the Timonium Crowne Plaza Hotel on Saturday, March 13, to compete in the prestigious M&T Bank 24 Challenge®. Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe A. Hairston and Michelle Denoncourt, M&T Bank's regional manager for northern Baltimore County, were among the community leaders, parents, and teachers cheering on Baltimore County's best "mathletes."

"The support provided by M&T Bank through the 24 Challenge® is integral to inspiring young students to excel in mathematics and to develop as overall scholars," said Dr. Hairston. "Participating in this challenging event goes a long way toward strengthening students' study skills and helping them develop poise and confidence. It's a wonderful opportunity for the community to celebrate young people for their academic achievements."

Developed by Suntex International, Inc., the 24 game is designed to improve skills in mental computation, pattern recognition, and deductive reasoning. Each card presents four numbers that can be combined to total 24. The challenge is to determine what combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication and/or division of whole numbers, fractions, or integers will yield that solution.

After competition had finished Saturday and each competitor had calculated multiple sets of four numbers to produce an answer of 24, students from schools in Lutherville, Sparrows Point, and Essex topped their respective divisions. Students competed for trophies, U.S. Savings Bonds, and the title of Grand Champion in the five divisions of the 14th annual countywide contest.

The 2010 champions are the following, with grand champions' names in bold-face:

Elementary School Level

Single Digits Competition
Barbara Xiong - TOP SCORE - Lutherville Laboratory
Arshdeep Singh - Norwood Elementary School
Jack Carlton - Fifth District Elementary School
Koby Bonta - Cromwell Valley Elementary Magnet School

Double Digits Competition
Jessica Yan - TOP SCORE - Lutherville Laboratory
Isabella Hsaio - Pinewood Elementary School
Olivia Winter - Warren Elementary School
Andy Louie - Cromwell Valley Elementary Magnet School

Middle School Level

Single Digits Competition
Stacy Bundy
- TOP SCORE - Sparrows Point Middle School
Edosewele Okojie - Sudbrook Magnet Middle School
Emma Patron - Cockeysville Middle School
Olivia Majedi - Hereford Middle School

Double Digits Competition
Kiran Kokilepersaud
- TOP SCORE - Stemmers Run Middle School
Connor Barnes - Cockeysville Middle School
Regina Ledesma - Cockeysville Middle School
Elon Barnes - Sudbrook Magnet Middle School

Integers Competition
Michelle Wu
- TOP SCORE - Ridgely Middle School
Sherry Wang - Arbutus Middle School
Rex Ledesma - Cockeysville Middle School
Steven Zhang - Cockeysville Middle School

M&T Bank, sole corporate sponsor of this mathematics initiative in Baltimore County Public Schools, awarded $700 savings bonds for Grand Champions and $100 savings bonds for the 15 other finalists in the tournament.

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