Good Hope, Vinemont teams win county middle school math tournament

Good Hope Middle School

Good Hope Middle School's seventh-grade team

CULLMAN COUNTY – At the recent Cullman County Middle School Math Tournament held at Wallace State, teams from Good Hope Middle School (GHMS) took first place for sixth and seventh grades, while Vinemont Middle School (VMS) won the eighth-grade portion.

GHMS team coach Jamie Martin explained the format of the competition, “They took a 25-problem test that lasted one hour.  Four of the students from each team competed in ciphering.  Those kids had four questions each and 1.5 minutes to complete each question.  The team score is the ciphering score plus the top four written test scores from our team.”

Team rosters

GHMS Sixth-Grade Team: Kayden Cleckler, Jed Clements, Abbie Crider, Rudi Derrick, Raigan Easterwood, Cayleigh Garmon, Lauren Hancock, Kash Hembree, Anna Martin, Morgan Martin, Maddie McKenney, Charlie O'Neil, Carson Smith, Grant Seymore, Bonnie Williams, Marlee Williams

GHMS Seventh-Grade Team: Katheryn Baggett, Paydon Bagwell, Josh Bullard, Morgan Cook​, Jessica Costello, Jeb Jarrett, Lexi Marks, Adam McCluskey, Tyler Pace, Josh Ponder, Logan Self, Matt Self, Tripp Taylor, Chloe Thompson, Lily Williams, Colby Wray

VMS Eighth-Grade Team: Matthew Barnes, Dylan Crider, Allison Doyle, IdaLee Greer, Hannah McDonald, Austin Riddle, Collin Teichmiller, Sky Thomas

Several students from both schools also took individual honors:

Sixth Grade (both GHMS)

4th – Carson Smith
5th – Cayleigh Garmon

Seventh Grade (both GHMS)

1st – Adam McCluskey
3rd – Matt Self

Eighth Grade (all VMS)

1st – Collin Teichmiller
2nd – Allison Doyle
3rd – Sky Thomas
5th – Hannah McDonald

VMS coach Scotty Cofer said of his team, “The team really worked hard over the last couple of months.  They believed they could win, and did.  Our seventh grade tied for third (lost on a tie breaker) and our sixth grade was 13 points from placing.  I’m proud of all these students that devote the time in building a successful math program.  It wouldn’t be possible without my fellow math teacher Bob Gingrich (sixth grade) and Susan Sellers (seventh grade) that work with all our students in class.  Also, Erik Runge is co-math team sponsor here at VMS.  He deserves as much credit as anyone; works kids hard and keeps them involved.  The school and parents really supported the students as they competed in all tournaments.  Special thanks to our principal Dr. Vickie Spear, and assistant principal Mr. Blake Thompson, for their support and trust in all of us in the math program.”

Of her teams, Martin said, “Both of my teams, as well as myself, were thrilled to get first place.  The county tournament is very competitive, and we knew we had a shot at winning if everyone did their best.  I am so happy that all of the kids' hard work paid off.”

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