Twenty students from four middle schools in Livingston Parish competed in the inaugural Middle School Math Competition held April 25 at Walker High School.

The Walker High School chapter of Mu Alpha Theta sponsored the competition.

Students first competed in the individual round where students were expected to respond to 10 questions in 20 minutes. Kyle McCleary, of Denham Springs Junior High, achieved a perfect score in the first round, earning the first-place individual trophy.

Southside Junior High School students Jordan Byrd, Tracy Gravois and Mason Jochim, and Albany Middle’s Landon Pettigrew tied for second place in the individual round. Byrd won second place with the tie-breaker question.

The team round followed the individual round, and individual scores were added to team round scores to determine the two teams eligible to advance to the playoff round. Denham Springs Junior High faced off against Westside Junior High with total scores of 43 and 29, respectively.

The Denham Springs team defeated Westside in the rapid-fire, playoff round questioning.

In addition to trophies and medals for the winners, each participant earned a pizza coupon donated by Papa John’s and a free smoothie donated by Smoothie King.

“We will definitely continue to hold the competition next year and for many years to come,” said Ellen Fort, Walker High School Mu Alpha Theta sponsor. “I only hope that more middle schools choose to participate in the future.

Fort credited her Mu Alpha Theta members, particularly the president of the chapter, Jessica Robinson, for the success of the event. “Jessica took over the coordination of the program and ran with it. I am extremely proud of both my Mu Alpha Theta group and of all the students who gave up their Saturday morning to come out and have some fun with math,” Fort said.