Holy Cross School Math Club earns national gold level status

| Posted on TrentonMonitor.com May 30, 2015 |

Holy Cross School Math Club members are thrilled to have national gold medal status. Pictured in front row, from left are: Isabella Sciortino, Kate Bagnell, Grace McMullin and Caitlin Ramos. In second row are: teacher Marcie Forsyth, Charlotte Cade, Thomas Makin, James Smith, Michael Horowitz, Justin Modin and teacher, Kathy Chadwick. In back row is Cole Ramos. Student Owen O’Malley is not pictured. Photo courtesy of Holy Cross School

Holy Cross School Math Club members are thrilled to have national gold medal status. Pictured in front row, from left are: Isabella Sciortino, Kate Bagnell, Grace McMullin and Caitlin Ramos. In second row are: teacher Marcie Forsyth, Charlotte Cade, Thomas Makin, James Smith, Michael Horowitz, Justin Modin and teacher, Kathy Chadwick. In back row is Cole Ramos. Student Owen O’Malley is not pictured. Photo courtesy of Holy Cross School

“This group was extraordinary. They took hold of a project and they were off,” stated Marcie Forsyth, who along with her fellow math teacher, Kathy Chadwick, coached the Holy Cross School Math Club to National Gold Level Status, the highest honor in the National Math Club.

Gold Level recognizes and rewards clubs that have already achieved Silver Level and have completed a challenging, creative, team-oriented project. The National Math Club is a math enrichment program run by MathCounts®, a national program that was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CNA Foundation.

The Gold Level Project was to create a Math Puzzles & Games Pack.  The 11 sixth through eighth grade students in the math club worked in teams to create games and puzzles which they submitted to MathCounts via a video presentation.

Caitlin Ramos, a sixth grader in the Rumson school, explained that her group based its game Numbergories on the popular game Scattergories, replacing the categories with math operations.

“You have to find as many ways to get the number you picked using the operation you are given,” Ramos said.

Classmate James Smith said his team’s computer game teaches how to solve word problems, while players roll dice to practice their math skills in another game, Triple M (Mean, Median and Mode), created by Isabella Sciortino‘s group.

“It was hard to make up, but once you got the hang of it, it was easy to play,” noted Sciortino.

Sixth grade club members Caitlin Ramos, Kate Bagnell, Isabella Sciortino, Thomas Makin, James Smith, Charlotte Cade, Michael Horowitz and Grace McMullin, along with eighth grade members Cole Ramos, Justin Modin and Owen O’Malley are excited about receiving a banner, trophy and individual certificates as one of only eight math clubs in New Jersey to achieve National Math Club Gold Level Status this school year.

Grace McMullin echoed everyone’s sentiments stating, “It was a lot of hard work, but it wasn’t boring.  I’m really proud.”

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