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Webster and East Irondequoit Students Compete at TriMathlon

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Rochester: Webster and East Irondequoit Students Compete at TriMathlon
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For many of us, Math is an acquired taste.

"It's a challenge and it's just a lot of fun and involves a lot of thinking," said Brynn Smith, Webster 5th grader.

But there are those who come by it more naturally.

"I was born to like math," said Indianellyz Hernandez, East Irondequoit 3rd grader.

As any teacher will tell you, having fun with numbers or showing how useful math can be is the name of the game.

"When you're doing something and you need, like your splitting a pack of cookies between three friends, you need to know math to be able to do it," said Tegan Smith, Webster 3rd Grader.

On Saturday, these students put their math skills to the test.

"We are holding the third annual Tri-math-alon here at Webster," said Zack Teetsel, Mathnasium Webster Center Director.

The goal of the three-part TriMathlon is to qualify students to compete nationally.

"One is a counting game where students have to count from any number, by another number to another," said Teetsel. "The second is magic squares. In the magic squares game, they are allowed to chose numbers in an array of a four-by-four array of numbers and use those numbers to make number sentences. And the last game is mental math, where they are given 20 questions and they are allowed to only write answers in the blanks."

Tough for some, but handy, and enjoyable for these kids.

"Math is like life to me. It's always there and it comes in everyday life," said Tyler Petrillo, Webster 5th grader.

"I had a lot of fun today," said Aarushi Bute, Webster 3rd grader.

"I thought it was really fun," said Indianellyz Hernandez, East Irondequoit 3rd grader.

"It has a ton of numbers and I am really good at numbers," said Nicholas Alberto, East Irondequoit 3rd grader.

The mathletes' work added up to a successful event with the first, second and third place winners from second, third and fifth grades all going on to nationals.

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