New Roads’ Mathletes Shine in First MathCounts Competition
On February 22, New Roads School competed in their first MathCounts competition at Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach. The team worked hard over four months, taking practice tests and sharpening their math skills as they prepared to face off against schools from all over Southern California.
The competition featured over 200 students from 23 schools across southern California that competed in three intense rounds. The first round, where students competed as individuals for a team score, asked the students to solve 30 problems in 40 minutes. The next asked students to answer two questions simultaneously in six minutes for four rounds with increasing difficulty. Finally, New Roads competed as team, working together on 10 questions in 20 minutes.
This was New Roads’ first appearance at the MathCounts competition. They competed against schools with experience and organized teams with dedicated coaches. Despite these difficult odds, New Roads’ team came just three percentage points short of 9th place and finished in the top half of schools competing overall! In the individual scores, students improved from their practice tests and two even doubled their scores!
New Roads School is a college preparatory K-12 private independent school in Santa Monica, CA, serving over 650 school age children from the greater Los Angeles area. New Roads School provides an inspired educational program from which an authentically diverse student population, mirroring the rich diversity of Los Angeles, develops a personal dedication to learning, a respect for independent thinking, and an expanding curiosity about the world and its people.