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Delaware Students Show Off Number-Crunching Skills
Solving Puzzles at Warp Speed in Bell Atlantic Math Competition
April 29, 1997
NEWARK, Del. -- Some of Delaware's brightest students put on an
awesome display of lightning-fast mental math today in the 24
Challenge Math Program competition sponsored by Bell Atlantic.
About 140 public and private school students demonstrated their
problem-solving skills at the University of Delaware's Clayton Hall.
Four numbers-crunchers walked away with top honors and impressive
trophies, but all competitors proved they are prepared for challenges
they'll face in the classroom and the workplace of the 21st century.
To advance to the finals, the fourth through eighth-grade students had
to win classroom and school contests. Some 40,000 students
throughout Delaware participated in the 24 Game playoffs.
"Bell Atlantic is a strong proponent of finding new and better ways to
develop an educated and skilled workforce," said Gilbert H. Smith,
Jr., vice president, external affairs for Bell Atlantic-Delaware.
"This math competition develops strong reasoning skills and mental
agility in young people. The children who participate in the 24
Challenge relish the competition and the opportunity to demonstrate
their skills, and it's an excellent opportunity to enrich their
Winners in the two-hour Delaware final competition were:
Fourth and fifth grades: William Buckley, 11, fifth grade, Richardson
Park Elementary school, Red Clay School District.
Sixth grade: Kelly Royer, 12, Bayard Elementary School, Christina
Seventh and eighth grades: Nick Meyer, 13, eighth grade, Gunning
Bedford Middle School, Colonial School District.
In the 24 Challenge competition, students study a card with four
numbers. They may add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers to
come up with a total of 24. All four numbers must be used, and each
number may be used only once. The answer is always 24.
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