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Trophy arrives for Dale Mabry math champs

By AMY SCHERZER, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 31, 2003

Dale Mabry Elementary School's fifth-grade math team took first place in the Hillsborough County Math Bowl Championship.

The long-awaited gold trophy arrived last week.

Initially, 60 elementary schools were split into two regions of 30 schools each. Six finalists -- those schools that finished first, second and third from each region -- went on to compete in the Math Bowl-Off at Seminole Elementary School in December.

Dale Mabry ranked No. 1, coached by the school's Math Academy teachers Brenda Brand and Anita Richards.

To win, students had to solve high-level problems. And they couldn't use calculators. Just pencil and paper.

Working in teams of five, students earned points for accuracy and speed. Each of the winning Dale Mabry students -- Mark Brannan, Allison Chesser, Max Goplerud, Daniel Landesberg and Alex Walker -- took home an individual trophy. The big trophy stays at the school, to be passed to next year's winning team.

Students at Dale Mabry hope they're it.

"They really want to keep that trophy," Brand said. "So the fifth-grade team has volunteered to come in early every Friday morning before school starts to coach fourth-graders who are potential math team members for next year."

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