Pocahontas Schools’ Math Field Day Part 2 -the Winners

Pocahontas Schools’ Math Field Day Part 2 -the Winners

In this, Part 2 of the 2016 Pocahontas County Schools’ Math Field Day, we are going to talk with some more students about the event, and then – the moment you have been waiting for, we will announce the winners of both the Field Day contest and the Krypto contest.

But first, we will hear from Kayla Gibson, who like Brandon Wilfong who we heard from in Part 1, is a senior at Pocahontas County High School, and was here at the Math field Day to encourage the participating students and to help the staff run the contests. By the way, Kayla is also the PCHS Student Representative to the Pocahontas County Board of Education, so if her voice sounds familiar, it should because we have aired some of her reports to the Board of Education.

Kayla tells us how the older high school helpers at Math Field Day contribute to the event.

“The helpers here today are here to like give the kids a stress reliever – they know that older kids are here to help them and care about what they do” Kayla says. “We stand in the rooms with them while they are taking their tests and if they have questions we can answer them.”

Kayla, who takes Ms. Dilley’s Computer Science Class who will be taking Advanced Placement Calculus next Semester, tells us about what Math means to her, offers her advice to younger students struggling with Math, and explains just how important Math is to her future.

“I think Math is very important, and we use it every day” says Kayla “So I would say persevere, never give up – just keep with it. I am going to major in Bio-Medical Engineering, get a minor in computer Science and then hopefully work somewhere with that.”

We also asked 5 kids participating in the contests in short interviews to tell us what they like about Math Field Day.

First up, Jaryd Friel, a 6th Grader from Marlinton Middle School

“I really like that I get to come out here and see some of my friends that I don’t get to talk to a lot, and I like that I get to do some Math that I don’t normally get to do because the Math I do at my school isn’t very challenging for me.”

Alan Gibson, an 8th grader from Green Bank Elementary-Middle School

“I like coming out so I can challenge myself with Math I don’t normally get to do at school, and so I can see how I’m doing across the County.” said Alan.

Sidney Puffenbarger, a 2nd grader from Marlinton Middle School.

“I like all the fun activities you get to do and Krypto” said Sydney

Robert Pritt, also a 6th grader at Marlinton Middle School

“My favorite part of Math Field Day is the Estimation because it’s fun to see if you’re close or not” Robert says. “You walk into a room that has all these things that you have to estimate the width and volume and lengths and stuff like that. You can use your body parts but no rulers, so it’s pretty fun.”

Sarah Kelley, a 9th grader from PCHS

“My favorite part of Math Field Day would probably be the Krypto Tournament at the end” said Sarah. “It’s just fun to try to compete against your friends.”  Sarah said.

The Field Day ended when all the participants gathered in the Observatory’s auditorium. After three talks about math topics and number patterns by Observatory staff, it was time to announce the winners.

The winners of the Krypto Tournament were:

Elementary School

  • Ist – Hannah Burks, Marlinton Middle School
  • 2nd -Kynlee Wilfong, Hillsboro Elementary School
  • 3rd – Elijah Evans, Hillsboro Elementary School

Middle School

  • 1st Cheylin Woodruff, Green Bank Elementary –Middle School
  • 2nd Tucker McGee, Marlinton Middle School
  • 3rd Max O’Ganian, Green Bank Elementary –Middle School

High School –All from PCHS

  • 1st Jacob Hise
  • 2nd Brady Jones
  • 3rd Ryan Puffenbarger

The winners of the Math Field Day Competition were:

Keep in mind that the first five placing students from each grade level are listed, but only the 1st , 2nd  and 3rd place winners from each grade move on to the regional competition, while the 4th and 5th place students are the 1st and 2nd alternates.

4th Grade

  • 1st -Willie O’Ganian, Green Bank
  • 2nd -Trevor Tuskan, Hillsboro
  • 3rd- Miranda Gum, Green Bank
  • (1st Alternate)-Devon Burgess, Marlinton Elementary
  • (2nd Alternate)-Eden Smith, Marlinton Elementary

5th Grade

  • 1st -Jordan Farris, Marlinton Elementary
  • 2nd -Elizabeth Friel, Marlinton Elementary
  • 3rd -Maddie Ray, Green Bank
  • (1st Alternate)-Olivia Vandevender, Green Bank
  • (2nd Alternate)-Lacy Stewart, Marlinton Elementary

6th Grade

  • 1st -Max O’Ganian, Green Bank
  • 2nd -Robert Pritt, Marlinton Middle
  • 3rd -Mason Solliday, Green Bank
  • (1st Alternate)-Emma Riffe, Green Bank
  • (2nd Alternate)-Samuel Williams, Marlinton Middle (2nd Alternate)

7th Grade

  • 1st -Tucker McGee, Marlinton Middle
  • 2nd -Ryan Robertson, Marlinton Middle
  • 3rd -Gareth Ryder, Marlinton Middle
  • (1st Alternate)-Ethan Armstrong, Marlinton Middle
  • (2nd Alternate)-Rachel Burns, Marlinton Middle

8th Grade

  • 1st -Odie Leyzorek, Marlinton Middle
  • 2nd -Hadden Mick, Marlinton Middle
  • 3rd -Alan Gibson, Green Bank
  • (1st Alternate)-Silas Riley, Marlinton Middle
  • (2nd Alternate)-Emalee Dean, Marlinton Middle

9th Grade

  • 1st -Charity Morrison, PCHS
  • 2nd -Dalton Hendrick, PCHS
  • 3rd -Matthew Moore, PCHS
  • (1st Alternate)-Isaac Evans, PCHS
  • (2nd Alternate)-Sarah Kelley, PCHS

Story By

Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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