Wolfe places third at PSU math contest

The+B-A+math+team+was+represented+at+a+tournament+in+Altoona+by+%28l+to+r%29%3A+Robert+VanKirk%2C+Braden+Heisler%2C+Abby+Luensmann%2C+Zion+Poe%2C+Jarryd+Kissell%2C+Nathan+Wolfe%2C+Dan+Kustenborder%2C+and+Ben+Martin.

Courtesy photo

The B-A math team was represented at a tournament in Altoona by (l to r): Robert VanKirk, Braden Heisler, Abby Luensmann, Zion Poe, Jarryd Kissell, Nathan Wolfe, Dan Kustenborder, and Ben Martin.

Troy Walker, Staff Writer

Math isn’t for everyone, and it definitely isn’t easy.

Normally when you hear a group of students getting out of school for a competition you think of all the fun they will have, and it often goes overlooked how much work they actually put into it, and how hard it is.

It is always a good day when students are challenging themselves and applying the skills they learn at Bellwood”

— Mrs. Taylor

On Tuesday Eight students competed in the Penn State Altoona Campus Math Competition.  They either competed in the Algebra Category or the Pre-Calculus category.  The students completed a 20-question test in two hours without calculators.

It was no easy task, with mind-numbing questions that looked something like this:

 

The eight students from Bellwood were, Robert VanKirk, Braden Heisler, Abby Luensmann, Jarryd Kissel, Daniel Kustoborder, Ben martin, and Nathan Wolfe.

In each level there were at least 50 kids, and the top 3 in each category were awarded gift certificates, and everyone got a free T-Shirt and lunch provided by Sheetz.

Sophomore Nathan Wolfe respectively placed third in the Algebra division answering 14 out of 22 questions correctly.

“It is always a good day when students are challenging themselves and applying the skills they learn at Bellwood,” said team advisor Mrs. Kathy Taylor.

Nathan said he was pleasantly surprised with his strong showing.

“Some questions were really easy, but there were others I didn’t know,” he said. “I guessed on some questions, but I guess I got lucky.”