Madison’s Own Pope John Elementary Wins State Wide Math Bowl

February 27, 2018


Pope John XXIII Elementary School in Madison recently had some of their students compete in a state wide Math Bowl and as a result, ended up as the winners.

They had a team of 16 students made up of some 5th and 6th graders at Pope John.

The Math bowl is a statewide competition put on by the Indiana Association of School Principals.

This is the same group that coordinates the Science Bowl, Spell Bowl and the Academic Super bowl.

Shawe Memorial, the high school that is connected to Pope John as part of the Prince of Peace School System, won championships for the Math and Science Bowl last year in the high school divisions.

Pope John students participated in the regional competition on Feb. 22nd at the Madison Junior High school and had won first place in their class and won the overall competition locally.

All of the practice for this event is done after school and can’t be worked on during the school day.

The school will receive a plaque for the State Championship as well as individual medals for each student.

The team was coached by Colleen Burdette (6th grade) and Tammy Josephsen (3rd).

Principal Curt Gardner said, “We are very proud of the Math Bowl team and their coaches for winning the State Championship. It is a great group of kids and they worked very hard. We are thrilled for them to be recognized for their efforts along with the coaches. This is just another way for the students and the school to be recognized for their academic achievement.”

Front: L to R: Ava Armbrecht, Megan Morrison, Allison Knoebel, Jose Aguilar, Philip Kahn, Brandon Segundo-Maya, Oswaldo Reyes-Miranda Back L to R: Yolett Perez, Emma Wynn, Ava Turner, Zachary Gish, Jacob Minnick, Ben Guetig, Jacob Hertz, Traevin Liston, Kira Wells Not pictured are coaches: Colleen Burdette (6th grade teacher) and Tammy Josephsen (3rd grade teacher).

Over 8,700 students in grades 4, 5, and 6 from across the state recently competed in the 22nd annual Math Academic Teams for Hoosiers (M.A.T.H. Bowl) competition which took place at 55 sites on Thursday evening, February 22, 2018. 573 teams of up to 20 students each competed.

The 2018 M.A.T.H. Bowl Contest included the largest number of students ever involved in an Indiana Association of School Principals sponsored activity in the over 30 year history of Indiana Academic Competitions.

The M.A.T.H. Bowl competition is a team event with no individual winners.

Each of the four rounds consists of three team members working together to solve eight math problems while competing against squads from other schools.

At each site, the team members of the schools with highest scores in each of five enrollment classifications were recognized with awards at the conclusion of the competition.

Blue Class and Green Class (which included Pope John) included teams with sixth graders, while Orange Class and Red Class are teams without sixth graders.

Yellow Class is a fourth grade only class.

In addition to local awards, scores from all sites were compiled to recognize statewide award winners.

The 2018 Elementary M.A.T.H. Bowl State Champions are:

Blue Class: Riverside Intermediate School, Fishers, IN Green Class: Pope John XXIII School, Madison, IN Orange Class: West Clay Elementary School, Carmel, IN Red Class: East Washington Academy, Muncie, IN Yellow Class: Sand Creek Elementary School, Fishers, IN

The competition is administered by Indiana Association of School Principals Department of Student Programs, in order to emphasize the importance of mathematics in upper elementary grades. All IASP academic competitions are extra-curricular, with teams using time before school, after school, and sometimes even during recess or lunch times to prepare.