Thirty-one Zachary students faced off against others from around the state Feb. 21 at the Louisiana Elementary Math Olympiad at Kenilworth Science and Technology School in Baton Rouge.

Students competed in the extracurricular math event that provided a challenging and engaging mathematical experience, said Copper Mill math teacher Ashley Townsend.

A total of 446 youths from 60 schools answered multiple-choice questions in various topics aligned to the Common Core standards.

The contest for fourth- and fifth-graders included Zachary Elementary’s Claire Venable, who finished in third place overall, and William Ianitelli, also of Zachary Elementary, who finished eighth. Also competing from ZES were Gavin Malden, 26th; Will Thomas Beasley, 56th; and John Browning, who placed 108th.

Six of the 29 participating students from Copper Mill finished in the top 25, including Austin Headrick in fourth place; Kyle Headrick and Madison Moses, who tied for fifth; Alexis Conachen, 17th; and Mariah Alexander and Kelly Wiley, who tied for 21st.

The top four finishers won prizes and received gifts for their teachers. Venable won an iPod Touch and a $50 gift card for teacher Jess Patti, while Austin Headrick won an iPod Shuffle and a $25 gift card for Townsend, his math teacher.

Students who finished fifth through 25th received the Math Olympiad medal, and all participants received certificates.

While children tested, parents could attend science, technology, engineering and math career workshops and a STEM expo.

Door prizes were awarded to the visiting parents.