By: Alicia Sands Lurry
Students from Inman Middle School have been crowned the 2018 Atlanta Public Schools math champions.
On Friday, Feb. 16, Inman students put their extraordinary mathematical talents to the test to win the 2018 APS Middle School Math Competition, where they competed against teams from Long, Sutton, Sylvan Hills, B.E.S.T. Academy, Brown, and Martin Luther King middle schools; and Hollis and John Lewis Invictus academies.
Held at Sutton Middle School and featuring more than 100 top math students, or “matheletes,” from nine middle schools across the district, the competition was designed to showcase each student’s strengths and their ability to perform rigorous mathematical problems while working in teams.
Throughout the day, students were challenged with solving various math problems, including area and volume and finding the area of a polygon by decomposing it into rectangles and triangles. Students competed in three separate rounds to solve problems related to systems of equations and proportions, as well as more challenging constructed-response and multi-step calculations.
Sarrita Allen, instructional coach at Inman Middle School, said that prior to the competition, team members met to discuss how to debate and come to a consensus regarding their answers.
Allen said she’s proud of her students’ hard work.
“The students had a great time working together, and we were excited to have the opportunity to compete again for the title and bring back a few more trophies than last year,” Allen said. “As a school, Inman strives to teach the whole child. And this math competition is an opportunity to showcase how effective our teachers are to that end. Our students show team building, academic problem solving, and sportsmanship behavior when participating in these events; and that’s what Inman is most proud of.”