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Feb 26, 2014 9:07 PM by Mackenzie Lee - KPAX News

Math students put to the test at UM

MISSOULA - Mathletes from Columbia Falls to Hamilton to Superior to Drummond sharpened their pencils to show off their superb math skills on Wednesday.

What do you get when you add 1,400 students from 38 schools across Western Montana with a day of math testing? The Annual Montana Council Teachers of Mathematics Competition.

Students spent the day testing their math skills in hopes of winning prizes - and for high school seniors, college scholarships were on the line.

Students - ranging it grades seven through 12 - spent the day taking tests on different math subjects, like algebra and real world problem solving. This year also saw one of the highest student attendance rates.

Chip Rinehart, a Hellgate High School math teacher said that this is great way to get to get kids interested in Math and get the University of Montana involved with Missoula schools.

Austin Rosenbaum, a Big Sky High School senior, hopes to major in a math related field like engineering next year, says the math competition isn't the only reason he likes to participate.

Other competitions like this one will take place in nine other regions around Montana, and then the scores will be compared.

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