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Discovery, Rainbow math teams wow competition in Hoover

Published 4:07pm Saturday, March 16, 2013

HOOVER – Math teams from Discovery middle and Rainbow elementary schools competed with 67 schools and 1,526 students at the Hoover High School Math Tournament on March 2.

Competing in the small-school division, Rainbow had only six students participate but earned five of the top six individual medals. From sixth grade, 135 youth competed. Annie Williams coaches Rainbow.

In first place, Rainbow won their division’s team trophy among 12 schools. Rainbow racked the high score of 26 schools with sixth-grade participants.

Individual place winners were Corey Tolbert, first; Tony Tian, second; Aditi Limaye, third; Victoria Lee, fourth; and Joy Duan, sixth. Fourth-grader Emma Tolbert also entered the tournament.

Discovery competed in large-school division. “Our seventh-grade team had four students who earned individual medals: Joseph Shi, fourth place; Alan Grissom, fifth; Shantanu Kadam, sixth; and Misa Ito, tenth,” coach Julie Goldston said.

The tournament had 142 participants from 16 schools in the seventh-grade, large-school division.

Other Discovery seventh-grade math experts were Meenu Bhooshanan, Max Cheng, Kim Dang, Irena Guo, Warren He, Sean Lee, Chris Liu, Brett Manis, Jane Newberry, Kate Newberry, Chidubem Okafor, Ryan Williams, Marshall Wu and Melody Zhang.

“Discovery’s seventh-grade team earned a third-place team trophy with a score of 323 — only six points behind second place and 16 points behind first,” Goldston said. “Overall, 27 schools had seventh-grade participants.”

Discovery’s eighth-grade team had two students earning individual trophies against 133 competitors in the eighth-grade, large-school division.

Joey Li won first place with a perfect score. Winston Van captured sixth place. Other eighth-graders were Amelia Goldston, Daniel Li, Tyler Tolbert, Ada Van der Zijp-Tan and Jane Zhang.

With a score of 357, Discovery eighth-graders took second place against 18 schools in the large-school division. “Overall, 31 schools had eighth-grade participants,” Goldston said. “Discovery had the second highest score of all 31 schools.”

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