BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Eisenhower Intermediate School’s Math Enrichment Club had success in the four competitions it competed in this school year, including a first place finish among 240 teams.  

The team was comprised of 58 students in grades five and six, and five students in grade seven.

The team practiced and participated weekly from November to March, under the supervision and coaching of sixth grade math teacher Michele Hecht and fifth grade AI math/science/social studies teacher Karen Popadiuk. They guided students to solve unusual and difficult problems and to think creatively.

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The competitions the teams participated in were Continental Math League (CML), Math Olympiad (MOEMS), Math League and Middlesex County Academy Math Competition (MCAMC).

Continental Math League utilizes students’ problem solving capabilities. There were five meets comprised of six questions per meet, and students were allotted 30 minutes to complete the problems.

Out of the 240 participating teams, Eisenhower’s fifth grade team scored first place with a perfect score of 136. The top three scorers were Fisayo Ogunsulire, Hriday Narang and Andrew Zhang, all earning scores of 29 out of 30.  

The top scorer for the sixth grade team was Siyona Naidu.

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, and 58 students responded well and were recognized with certificates for their participation.

A gold pin was awarded to three fifth and two sixth grade students who placed in the top 2 percent.

The fifth grade students were Narang, Ogunsulire, and Arav Kewalia. The sixth grade students were Parinita Chandrashekar and Jollen Dai.

A silver pin was awarded to eight fifth and eight sixth grade students who placed in the top 10 percent.

Overall, Eisenhower had approximately 50 students who placed in the top 50 percent. Both the fifth and sixth grade teams were named to the National Math Olympiad Honor Roll for scoring in the top 10 percent of all 5,000 participating teams.

The Math League Competition was a one-day contest with 30 problems, in which the difficulty level increased with each problem.  

The top scorer for the fifth grade was Andrew Zhang, with an amazing score of 29 out of 30. This earned him 11th place out of the top 272 contestants.  

The fifth grade team placed seventh out of 85 schools in the United States, and placed second in New Jersey.

The top scorer for sixth grade was Sophia Yang, with a score of 28 out of 35. The sixth grade team placed seventh out of 126 schools in New Jersey, and second in Somerset County.

The final competition was a first year off-site competition at Middlesex Community College. It was open to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, with three rounds, one individual and two team.  

Eisenhower had two teams compete, one team of sixth grade students and one team of seventh grade students. The individual who scored the highest was Sameer Tijare.

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.