Students take second at math competition

Pictured is the group of four from Rochelle Middle School who place second as team, Aidan Ramsey, John Green, David Wanner, Katie Henson and coach Katie Queller-Zilis.

DIXON — The Rochelle Middle School Mathletes finished in second place on Feb. 16 at the MATHCOUNTS competition hosted by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers and Sauk Valley Community College.

St. Anne School in Dixon won the competition.  

The Rochelle team is coached by Katie Queller-Zilis, teacher and academic enrichment coordinator for Rochelle Elementary District 231.

The team will now advance to the State Mathcounts Competition, to be held in Lisle, on March 23. Also headed to state, competing as top scoring individuals are David Wanner and John Green of Rochelle Middle School coached by Queller-Zilis.  

Team results

First place - St. Anne School Dixon

Second place - Rochelle Middle School

Third place - St. Mary School Dixon

Fourth place - St. Mary School Sterling



First place - David Wanner, Rochelle Middle School

Second place - John Green, Rochelle Middle School

Third place - Michael Murray, St. Mary School, Dixon

Fourth place - Carson Palmer, St. Anne School, Dixon

Fifth place - Ainsley Reed, St. Mary, Sterling

Sixth place - Sam Neisewander, St. Anne School, Dixon

There were a total of 48 students in sixth through eighth grades competing. Schools were St. Mary Dixon, Ohio Community School, Rochelle Middle School, St. Anne School Dixon, St. Mary Sterling, Morrison Junior High School and Christ Lutheran School of Sterling.

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program provides the extra incentive and the perfect atmosphere for students to push themselves to achieve more in mathematics.  

Consisting of fun and creative problems that promote critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, the MATHCOUNTS competitions have written and oral rounds, as well as individual and team components.  Though challenging and non-routine, the competition problems focus on the sixth through eighth grade standards of the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics.

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