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March Mathness Winners Recognized

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At March Mathness, a special tournament held at East Islip’s John F. Kennedy and Ruth C. Kinney elementaries schools, students had fun solving math problems and competing against a computer, fellow students, other classes and themselves.

The four top-scoring individual students – third-grader Natalie Mendolia from JFK, and third-grader Lucas Aparicio, fourth-grader Jared Kelly and fifth-grader Alessandro Inguaggiato from RCK – were honored by the Board of Education at the April 21 business meeting.

RCK’s event was kicked off with a pep rally hosted by fifth-grade teacher Robert Chiarelli, with extra entertainment provided by Jack “Blackjack” Ryan of the Harlem Wizards. At RCK, a total of 231,474 problems were attempted schoolwide, with the top classes hitting remarkable numbers. Carrie Whitehouse’s third-grade class worked for 72 hours and 22 minutes, with 21,874 problems attempted; Jerry Orlando’s fourth-grade class worked for 61 hours and 22 minutes, with 15,868 problems attempted; and Kara Houghtaling’s fifth-grade class worked for 155 hours and 34 minutes, with 28,376 problems attempted.  

Friday, August 23, 2019