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Feb 12, 2013 11:14 PM by Mike Powers - KPAX News

Western Montana students compete in MATHCOUNTS

MISSOULA - If there were 118 students from 13 schools, what would the average number of students be from each school? Not everyone could tell you off the top of their head.

But some Montana middle school students could certainly figure it out, and without a calculator.

Tuesday was the chapter competition for MATHCOUNTS at the University of Montana, with students from Ravalli, Missoula, and Mineral counties, taking part in a national competition for seventh and eighth graders. They work in groups to figure out math problems.

"The problems were really hard and you were nervous in the beginning, but then it becomes a lot of fun to discuss with your group and fill out the problems and do your best," Darby seventh grade student Ebangeline Campbell said.

"It's really fun to hang out with other people who love math as much as you do," added Washington Middle School student Magnolia Chimm.

The top four schools and individuals advance to the state competition in Bozeman next month. A Missoula school has been the top team at state each of the past two years.

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