Richland dominates Math 24 Tournament

Ryan Richwine won the individual title as Richland placed four students in the final four and eight in the final 16. Pfaff won the silver medal and Trumbauersville the bronze.
Posted on 03/29/2023
Ryan Richwine holds the championship trophy. By Gary Weckselblatt

Richland Elementary School was the place to be Wednesday morning as its Math 24 team received a well-earned Champions Parade through the hallways with their peers holding up signs and cheering. One of the team members said to another, "Wow, this is amazing!" as they walked past the adoring kindergarteners.

For the fifth time in seven Math 24 Tournaments, Richland took home the Quakertown Community School District gold medal trophy Tuesday night. Richland dominated the final four round with the tournament’s top four finishers.

Richland’s Ryan Richwine won the individual championship, and his teammates followed right behind with Jailian Meer second, Quinn Mack third and Milo Toro fourth in the competition among fourth and fifth graders at Quakertown Community High School, where district families filled the upper gymnasium. In addition to the top four finalists, Richland had four additional team members reach the top 16: Luke Farnese, Andrew Mutu, David McBride, and Bowie Halvorsen.

“We are so Richland Proud of our Math 24 team,” said Instructional Coach Jennifer Froshour. “It warms my heart to see all of the excitement around mathematics in our building and the students celebrating one another.”

She praised teacher Mike Huber for the work he put in to develop the team of champions. “He really does a nice job of creating a healthy competitive environment, and opportunity for them to practice and improve individually and as a team. The kids were supportive of each other and were genuinely happy for Ryan.”

Mrs. Froshour said Ryan “was unbeatable. He became so fast and automatic; it really was amazing to watch him play.”

Pfaff, last year’s champion, won the silver medal and Trumbauersville captured the bronze medal.

“This has become such a wonderful community event focused on math,” said Kelly Cramer, QCSD’s Supervisor of Elementary Programs K-5. “You can feel the support of the families, not only for their own child but for the pride they have in their school and all children.”

Rounding out the 16 semifinalists were Mili Miller, Skyler White, and Diya Patel of Pfaff, Tessa Weiss, Rachel Hattala, and Emily Mallery of Trumbauersville, and Ella Garofolo, and Kegan Ferrandino of Quakertown Elementary School.

Math 24 is a game that helps students sharpen basic math skills such as computation, problem-solving, number sense, critical thinking, and pattern sensing. It challenges students to manipulate a set of four numbers using addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication.

Mrs. Cramer also praised Pfaff Instructional Coach Peach Draper, who coordinated the event, and the teachers who worked with students during recess and lunch periods to help prepare them for the competition. “I'm proud of the teachers, students, and the community for coming together Tuesday night to celebrate Math,” she said.

Gary Weckselblatt, QCSD Director of Communications, writes about the people and the programs that impact the Quakertown Community School District. He can be reached at 215-529-2028 or [email protected].
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