BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Eisenhower Intermediate School’s Math Enrichment Club achieved much success in the five competitions it competed in this school year.
The team was comprised of 62 students in grades five and six.
The team practiced and participated weekly from November to March, under the supervision and coaching of Michele Hecht and Karen Popadiuk. They guided students to solve unusual and difficult problems and to think creatively.
Hecht is a sixth grade math teacher and Popadiuk is the fifth grade AI math/science/social studies teacher at the school.
The competitions the teams participated in were Continental Math League (CML), Math Olympiad (MOEMS), Math League, Math Counts and Math Madness.
Continental Math League utilizes students’ problem-solving capabilities. There were five comprised of six questions per meet. Students were allotted 30 minutes to complete the problems.
Out of the 220 nationwide participating teams, Eisenhower’s fifth grade team came in first place in the Northeast region. The team scored a total of 170 points, which set Eisenhower as the fourth place team in the nation.
There was a tie for the top individual scorers, as Shiven Das and Saharsh Bangaru each scored 29/30 points to lead the fifth grade team.
The sixth grade team deserves massive accolades for placing first in the nation.
The sixth grade team competed against 130 teams nationwide. Three sixth grade students scored a perfect score in America, two of them being Eisenhower students Fisayo Ogunsulire and Anika Seshan, who scored 30/30 points.
Several students from Eisenhower were among the nearly 160,000 students worldwide to participate this year in the Math Olympiad Program (MOEMS). They participated in a series of five monthly contests of five problems. Fifty-eight students responded well, and will be recognized with certificates for their participation.
There was a tie for the top scorer in sixth grade. Ogunsulire and Andrew Zhang each scored 24 points to lead the sixth grade team.
Bangaru led the fifth grade team with 23 points.
The Math League Competition was a one-day contest with 30 problems, in which the difficulty level increased with each problem.
The sixth grade team took its test on Feb. 20, placing seventh out of the 30 participating schools in NJ and second in Somerset County.
The fifth grade team was scheduled to participate in school in March. Due to the school closures, they had the opportunity to participate virtually. Bangaru was the top scorer for the fifth grade team, with Vedaang Verma close behind.
Members of the 6th grade Eisenhower Math Team competed off site, at Mercer Community College in the Regional Level Math Counts Competition, designed for students in grades six through eight. It was their first time competing in this competition.
There were several rounds to this competition, which included individual and team competitions. Students were mentored by two Bridgewater-Raritan High School students, Eric Lin and Eric Zou.
The final competition was one that the fifth and sixth grade teams participated in online during distance learning.
Math Madness is set up to resemble the famous March Madness basketball competition. Each week, two school teams competed head-to-head, with the winner advancing to the next level.
Out of the hundreds of teams that competed nationwide, the fifth grade team made it all the way to the “elite eight.”
Eisenhower students enjoyed participating in all of these competitions against students of the same grade level from schools all over the state and country. Students worked hard to improve their problem solving abilities while having a great time.