On April 4, students from Somerset Elementary, led by Gifted and Talented program teacher Kay Vater, competed in the semi-annual Noetic Learning Math Contest.

Noetic Learning Math Contest is a national mathematics contest for elementary and middle school students. The goal of the competition is to encourage students' interest in math, to develop their problem solving skills and to inspire them to excel in math.

More than 34,000 students representing 776 schools across the country took part in this spring's contest.

Fourth grader Nathan Stanway and third grader Nicholas Link were the Somerset team winners, while Stanway was awarded the National Honor Roll title. The title is awarded to approximately the top 10% of participating mathletes.

The following students received National Honorable Mention. This title is awarded to approximately the top 50% of participating mathletes.

Fourth grade:

• Adam Young

• Carsten Roll

• Sawyer Schmidt

Third grade:

• Azariah Conover

• Everett Kurkowski

• Kaleb Mroz

• Miximo Fagan

• Nicholas Link


• Carly Brihn, fourth grade

• Loreli Cochran, third grade

"The contest results demonstrate our students' great problem solving skills and math talents. They also show that our students can rise to the occasion and can meet the challenge," Vater said.