In April 22 Issue
Last Friday, the top multipliers in the 4th-6th grades competed in Russell Springs Elementary's third annual multiplication bowl with student Joshua Melson coming out on top, and taking home the grand prize, a 32” Magnavox high definition television.
More than 120 students were invited to participate in the multiplication bowl, according to 6th grade math teacher David Miller, who helped to organize the event.
“In order to be invited to the competition, the student had to win in a grade level preliminary contest, which were held monthly since January,” he said.
The multiplication bowl began with the grade level competition. Out of the 121 students invited to participate, 38 of them advanced to become a finalist.
In the end, it was Melson who took first place, followed by Tate Richardson in second place and Chris McClaskey in third place.
Richardson took home a 19” Toshiba television while McClaskey won an Xbox 360 Arcade console. Fourth place finisher Alexis Wooldridge won a Kodak Easy Share camera. All other finalists went home with either a gift card from Hibbett's or Wal-Mart.
Miller said the school's third graders did not participate in the competition, but were invited to come and watch the competition to help motivate them to begin studying for next year's competition.
The bowl was judged by a five-person panel consisting of Patricia Miller, Vickie McGaha, Lisa Huckaby, Ardie Galito and Shanda Skaggs.
The school's Parent Teacher Organization sponsored the multiplication bowl and furnished the prizes, Miller said.
He said he was glad the event is over for this year so he and his fellow math colleagues can begin preparing for next year's competition, which has become a popular schoolwide hit that allows parents to come in and watch their children compete.