The Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton (J-E-T) Middle School Math Counts team competed on Saturday, February 10 at Aiken Technical College and came in fifth place out of the fifteen competing schools. The students representing J-E-T came from sixth, seventh, and eighth grade and were Tiara Bush, Lacy Latham, Hollis Holmes, Matthew Bedenbaugh, Matthew Massey, Josiah Fortenberry, Ayden Lyndon, and Katie Willis.

Math Counts is a math competition held for middle school students with school, chapter, state, and national competitions.  There were fifteen school teams from the Aiken chapter, which consisted of J-E-T Middle School from Edgefield County and all of the other fourteen schools came from Aiken County. The students participated in three rounds of assessment: Individual, Team, and a Jeopardy round for the top sixteen individuals. J-E-T and only one other school had two of their students make it to the final Jeopardy round. These students were Matthew Bedenbaugh, an eighth grader who placed fourth in the competition overall, and Katie Willis, a sixth grader placing eighth. Matthew commented, “I liked the countdown round the best. I was by myself with one other person, and the first person to buzz got to answer. We only had forty-five seconds each time.” There was also a paper airplane building competition during lunch judged for distance and accuracy.  

The J-E-T team members showed their Eagle PRIDE during the competition in demeanor and work ethic. Team coach Ms. Ellie Theis stated, “We were very proud of our kids and their behavior. They represented the school very well in showing responsibility and respect.”

Photo caption: J-E-T Math Counts team proud of its achievements

Pictured left to right: Katie Willis, Josiah Fortenberry, Ms. Ellie Theis, Tiara Bush, Ms. Meredith Burnett, Hollis Holmes, Matthew Bedenbaugh, Lacy Latham, Ms. Julie Hewston, Ms. Shannon Densmore, Ayden Lyndon, Matthew Massey

For more information and school news, please visit the J-E-T website, http://jet.edgefield.k12.sc.us , or the school’s Facebook page, Johnston Edgefield Trenton Middle School, and PTO Facebook page, JET PTO.