Photo submitted by Jon Loveall -- Students from Jackson Elementary School competed Feb. 21 in the 2015 Louisiana Elementary Math Olympiad at Kenilworth Science and Technology School in Baton Rouge. The math competitors representing their school, in front row from left, are India Vessel, Zakaria Richard, Joseph McGregor, Deontae Harris, Rico Thomas Jr., Destini Green, Roderick Lang Jr. and Jamar Whitfield. Representing JES, in back row from left, are Kaelee Jackson, Raylen Thomas, Adam Underwood, Kenny Collins and Mikayla Stewart.

More than 400 of the best and brightest fourth- and fifth-grade math students from across the state competed Feb. 21 in the 2015 Louisiana Elementary Math Olympiad at Kenilworth Science & Technology School in Baton Rouge.

The 13 competitors from Jackson Elementary School competed for the first time in the event, said school officials. Students completed an hour-long, 60-question math test with various topics aligned to the Common Core standards.

Four of the 13 JES competitors placed in the top 25 percent of all contestants. Rico Thomas Jr. placed 81st; Deontae Harris, Roderick Lang Jr., and Adam Underwood tied for 108th.

“We are exceptionally proud of these Cubs and their families for taking time on a Saturday to represent Jackson Elementary School at this statewide showcase,” said JES Principal Megan Phillips. “We look forward to seeing these students continue to grow as students and leaders.”