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Congratulations JPBES for big wins at the Penny Sikes Math Tournament!


Teams gathered in a gym on a Saturday morning in March usually means basketball, but in Bulloch County, it’s an annual mathematics showdown, the Penny Sikes Math Tournament. Celebrating its 35th year, this year’s tournament attracted more than 160 fifth and sixth-grade mathletes from 16 local public, private and charter elementary and middle schools who competed in individual and ciphering rounds. The event is organized and hosted annually by the Southeast Bulloch High School (SEBHS) Math Department. 


Julia P. Bryant Elementary and Southeast Bulloch Middle School took the Top Overall Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade Team awards after three hours of individual and team competitions. 


Individual Competition

In the Individual Competitions each of the 164 participants took a 50-question, written test. The top-ten students for both fifth and sixth grades received awards, and their scores were factored into the overall team awards.  


Victor Lee of Sallie Zetterower Elementary won 1st Place in the Fifth-grade Individual category with a score of 49 out of 50 points. Eric Lim, last year’s fifth-grade champion won 1st place for Sixth-grade Individual with a score of 48 out of 50. The remaining individual scores are as follows: Fifth-Grade Individual – Nicholas Cortes, 2nd, JPBES; Eli Compton, 3rd, JPBES; William Wu, 4th, BES; An Hyeonsu, 5th, JPBES; James Park, 6th, SZES; Cage Hickman, 7th, SZES; Abby Smith, 8th, JPBES; Tyler Sleep, 9th, JPBES; Moses Brunt, 10, BES. Sixth-Grade Individual – Andy Yao, 2nd, SEBMS; Ian Talkington, 3rd, SEBMS; Lillian Kollars, 4th, LCMS; Jude Jones, 5th, SEBMS; Cohen Kessler, 6th, SEBMS; Leilani Bell, 7th, LCMS; Dxyah, Andreassen, 8th, LCMS; Sachi, Shah, 9th, SEBMS; Jennifer Zheng, 10th, LCMS. 


Ciphering Competition

Students competed in teams for Ciphering, which consisted of two, eight-question rounds. Julia P. Bryant Elementary and Southeast Bulloch Middle School won first-place in their respective divisions. Other top teams included the following: Fifth Grade Ciphering – Sallie Zetterower, 2nd Place; Brooklet Elementary 3rd Place; Sixth Grade Ciphering – Langston Chapel Middle 2nd Place; and Bulloch Academy 3rd Place.




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