ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Local middle school students recently competed to test their math and problem solving skills at the 2020 MATHCOUNTS competition. The event took place at Belmont College’s Academic Technical Center in St. Clairsville on Feb. 14.

More than 70 competitors from four area schools participated in the event, including students from: Harding Middle, coached by Melissa Bowers and J.D. Hayes, and River Elementary coached by Laura Dotterer and Courtney Still in Ohio, as well as Brooke Middle, coached by Jami Packer; and Triadelphia Middle, coached by Scot Kangisser in West Virginia.

MATHCOUNTS encourages students to put their math and analytical skills to work to solve real-world problems and scenarios in competition with their peers.

For more than 30 years, volunteers, educators, and industry sponsors have come together to make MATHCOUNTS possible for middle school students around the country. The event includes both individual and team competition. Belmont College has hosted the math enrichment competition for more than 20 years.

Registered local winners proceed to state competitions, where the top four "mathletes" and their coach compete to represent their state or region at the national level. The Ohio State Competition is on March 7, 2020, at Columbus State Community College in Columbus Ohio and the West Virginia State Competition will be held on March 21, 2020, at Braxton County Middle School, Flatwoods, West Virginia.

Non-registered winners compete only for medallions at the local event. At all levels, MATHCOUNTS challenges students' math skills, develops their self-confidence, and rewards them for their achievements.

Registered team awards for Ohio went to:

1st Place Team: Harding Team A: Kylee Dennis, Josiah Hopple, Gabriel Martin, and Devon Renforth.

2nd Place Team: River Elementary School Team A: Wyatt Joos, Zachary Lively, Derek Smith, and Jamie Smith

Individual Ohio registered awards were earned by:

1st Place: Katie Riley from Harding Middle School

2nd Place: Jordan Fritz from Harding Middle School

Non-Registered team awards for Ohio went to:

1st Place Team: River Middle School Team D: Mallory Brake, Kyla Dotter, Makenna Indermuhle, and Ava Wonhas.

2nd Place Team: Harding Middle School Team B: Madison Cooper, Christian Hoffman, Isaac Morris, and Brenna Wineman.

Non-Registered individual awards for Ohio went to:

1st Individual: Isaac Rosel from Harding Middle School

2nd Place Individual: Mallory Brake from River Middle School

Registered team awards for West Virginia went to:

1st Place Team: Triadelphia Middle School Team A: Luke Dunaway, Grant Kennamond, Ryan Linder, and Katheryn Prather.

2nd Place Team: Brooke Middle School Team A: Stephanie Barney, Sam Mockbee, Christian Packer, and Kirsten Snatchko.

Individual West Virginia registered awards were earned by:

1st Place: Grant Kennamond from Triadelphia Middle School

2nd Place: Kathryn Prather from Triadelphia Middle School

Non-Registered team awards for West Virginia went to:

1st Place Team: Triadelphia Middle School Team C: Madeline Bradshaw, Kelsey Holeczy, Harper Moores, and Reese Moores.

2nd Place Team: Triadelphia Middle School Team D: Aiden Forget, Brendan Loy, Nate Smith, and Spencer Zoladz.

Non-Registered individual awards for West Virginia went to

1st Place: Madeline Bradshaw from Triadelphia Middle School

2nd Place: Zac Davis from Triadelphia Middle School