Math competition attracts well over a thousand students
Nearly 1,500 fifth-eigthth graders in 377 teams from 99
schools from across the state converged on the Blaine schools
campus Saturday to compete in the Washington State Math Championship.
The contest, the largest single-day academic competition
in the state, is sponsored each year by ConocoPhillips Ferndale
Refinery and hosted by the Blaine school district. Awards
were presented to the top 10 individual performers in each
grade and to the top 15 teams in each grade.
“The employees and families of ConocoPhillips Ferndale
Refinery are proud to be part of this important event for
young people in our community and across the state,” said
Brent Woodland, Operations Manager, who presented a check
for $5,000 to Blaine school district superintendent Dr. Mary
Lynne Derrington. “Math and critical reasoning skills
are as relevant to our operations today as they were when
the refinery was built 50 years ago. We believe sponsoring
events like this supports kids’ enthusiasm for excelling
The fifth grade team from Happy Valley elementary school
in Bellingham won 12th place. The sixth grade team from Fairhaven
middle school also in Bellingham won 13th place.
Blaine schools were well represented in the competition by
three fifth grade teams, four sixth grade teams, two seventh
grade teams and three eighth grade teams. A total of 22 elementary
and middle schools in Whatcom County sent teams.
Numerous volunteers from the community came out to support the event by serving as room proctors and helping to correct the more than 3,500 tests taken. Many Blaine students helped out in various roles, including runners who picked up the tests from the classrooms and brought them to the high school science lab to be corrected.