03.20.1996|Corporate

FOUR AREA STUDENTS CLAIM TOP HONORS N MATH PLAYOFF

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March 20, 1996

FOUR AREA STUDENTS CLAIM TOP HONORS
IN MATH PLAYOFF

Lightning-fast minds win 24 Challenge competition


WASHINGTON, DC -- At first, there were 210 finalists from an original pool of 150,000 metro-area school kids. They'd won classroom, school and county playoffs.

Four rounds later, the 1996 champions of the 24 Challenge math competition were shaking hands with Rich Owen, defensive end for the Washington Redskins, holding an autographed football in one hand and a trophy in the other.

The winners in Monday night's fourth annual competition, sponsored by the Council of Great City Schools and Bell Atlantic, were:

    Grades 4 & 5: Kiek Choeung, Glen Forest Elementary School, Falls Church, VA

    Grade 6: Chamroeun Men, Glasgow Middle School, Alexandria, VA

    Grades 7 & 8: Bridget Akintunde, Eisenhower Middle School, Laurel, MD

    Platinum Masters: Michael Gough, Walkersville Middle School, Walkersville, MD

Since late last year, metro-area students in participating classrooms have been playing the 24 Game. They study cards printed with four numbers and try to be the first to add, multiply or divide them to get the universal answer, 24. The game was invented by Robert Sun of Suntex, International, Easton, PA, as a way to inspire American students to be "First in Math." The National Air and Space Museum hosted the event.

Bell Atlantic provides funding for the competition as part of its continuing commitment to improve and enrich the educational experience of children living in the area the company serves.

Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new communications, entertainment and information industry. In the mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider of local telecommunications and advanced services. Globally, it is one of the largest investors in the high-growth wireless communication marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and is actively developing high-growth national and international business opportunities in all phases of the industry.

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Bell Atlantic Sponsors 24 Challenge Math Competition

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