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We are excited to announce our 2021 TechTest Jr. math competition winners – held at each school site this year.

TechTest Jr is an event for 5th through 8th graders and it focuses on problem-solving skills. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their proficiency at applying math and science knowledge to solve problems. Aside from acknowledging them for their skills, it’s intended to promote the development of more critical thinking activities in the county and to help prepare students for future exams of this type, such as the SAT and ACT. It also helps students to prepare for the TechTest Merit Scholarship program in their senior year of high school to compete for over $15,000 in college scholarships. For more information on the high school test, email dpistone@mtstmarys.org.

There are two versions of the test; one is for 5th and 6th graders and the other is for 7th and 8th graders. Awards are given to the top five finishers in each grade. In addition, the top 5 finishers in each division (5th/6th and 7th/8th) are also recognized, with the top three of each division selecting a STEM-related prize, such as a robot, quadcopter, single-board computer, etc.

There were 14 schools that participated this year, and the winners represented 8 different schools. The winners for the 2021 competition are:

TechTest Jr. 2021 TOP FINISHERS

GRADE                     NAME                PLACE                                  SCHOOL

5th                          Tryggvi Pehling   1st                               Forest Charter

                               Samuel Walsh     2nd (tie)                       Seven Hills

                               Kyler Simpton    2nd (tie)                        Union Hill

                               Caden Hoffmeister 4th (Honorable Mention) Cottage Hill

                               Bryce Mendoza     5th (Honorable Mention) Union Hill

6th                          Corbin Brose         1st                           Mt. St. Mary’s

                               Kaylee Mower       2nd                          Forest Charter

                               Ravenna Patterson 3rd                         Seven Hills

                               Elsa Burt     4th (Honorable Mention) Grass Valley Charter

                               Hailey Wilson 5th (Honorable Mention)   Forest Charter

Overall 5th/6th       Corbin Brose    1st Mount St. Mary’s

                               Kaylee Mower  2nd Forest Charter

                               Ravenna Patterson 3rd Seven Hills

                               Tryggvi Pehling  4th (Honorable Mention) Forest Charter

                        Elsa Burt  5th (tie) (Honorable Mention)  Grass Valley Charter

                        Samuel Walsh  5th (tie) (Honorable Mention) Seven Hills

7th Dane Torgerson                       1st                   Magnolia

      Spencer Thauberger                2nd                  Mt. St. Mary’s

     Whitney Murphy                     3rd                    Grass Valley Charter

Adalie Wood                          4th (Honorable Mention)         Union Hill

Kaylee Fore                          5th (tie) (Honorable Mention) Arete Charter

 Thomas Billingsley                5th (tie) (Honorable Mention) Mt. St. Mary’s

8th   Ashley Lattyak      1st               Union Hill

       Addie Tice-Raskin  2nd              Arete Charter

       Parker Tice-Raskin   3rd            Arete Charter

       Max Galvin            4th (tie) (Honorable Mention) Seven Hills

      Noah Ross          4th (tie) (Honorable Mention) Union Hill

   Mariposa Freeling     4th (tie) (Honorable Mention) Magnolia

Overall 7th/8th Dane Torgerson 1st                 Magnolia

                       Ashley Lattyak    2nd              Union Hill

                       Spencer Thauberger 3rd          Mt. St. Mary’s

                       Whitney Murphy 4th (Honorable Mention) Grass Valley Charter

                       Addie Tice-Raskin 5th (Honorable Mention) Arete Charter

Congratulations to all of the winners and a big thank you to all of those students that participated and to the teachers at each site that helped make this happen. A big thank you goes to Dave Pistone for coordinating the event for our students, even amidst the pandemic!