By Allen Hamrick
On April 16, top math students in third, fourth and fifth grades from Big Otter Elementary, Clay Elementary, H.E. White Elementary and Lizemore Elementary met at the Clay High School Auditorium to compete for prestigious awards in the annual Hugh Boggs Math Field Day.
Each year, students compete within their schools to earn the right to represent at the competition to show who is best at answering oral computation questions as well as who is best with the written math questions. Mr. Hugh Boggs was an educator for Clay County Schools for a great many years and felt that math skills were very important to the success of all students. His dedication to education and to mathematics is honored each year as the best and brightest math students from grades three through five meet to carry on his legacy and prove that math can be fun as well as challenging.
Third grade oral competition awards were: 1st place – William Fields, Clay; 2nd place – Jackson Marcum, H.E. White; 3rd place – Trenton Parker, Big Otter; 4th place – Allison Taylor, Lizemore.
Third grade written competition awards were: 1st place – Emma Rowan, H.E. White; 2nd place – Kiva Detamore, Lizemore; 3rd place – Nevaeh Fulks, Big Otter; and 4th place – Jaelyn Murphy, Clay.
Fourth grade oral competition awards were: 1st place – Adam Canfield, Clay; 2nd place – Alex Holcomb, Lizemore; 3rd place – Bella Dobbins, H.E. White; and 4th place – John Paxton, Big Otter.
Fourth grade written competition awards were: 1st place – Bailey Frame, Clay; 2nd place – Alex Jennings, Big Otter; 3rd place – Brentlee McKinney, H.E. White; and 4th place – Briar Dorsey, Lizemore.
Fifth grade oral competition awards were: 1st place – Matthew Neely, Clay; 2nd place – Alex Boggs, H.E. White; 3rd place – Gabby Cottrell, Lizemore; and 4th place – Spencer Faulkner, Big Otter.
Fifth grade written competition awards were: 1st place – Caiden Bryant, H.E. White; 2nd place – Olivia Lanham, Clay; 3rd place – Brooklyn Morton, Lizemore; and 4th place – Cooper Collins, Big Otter.
There is also a traveling trophy that goes home with the school with the most students placing at the top. This year, Clay Elementary earned the right to house the Hugh Boggs Math Field Day trophy for the year. Congratulations to these boys and girls for all of their study and dedication. You are great representatives of both your school and Clay County Schools as a whole.