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2012 NBC MathCounts team
The 2012 NBC MathCounts team is: Brock Ray, Jack Post, Sean Mullally, Nick Rasmussen, Dylan Emanuel, Jake Wietfeld and (front) Gage Gibney.

MathCounts nest first-ever first place

Published 2/29/12

The North Bend Central MathCounts team achieved a new high point for the program by taking first place in the Northeastern Nebraska regional competition at Central Community College in Columbus on Feb. 18. This is the first time in the 20-year history of the MathCounts program at NBC that the team finished in first place. The competition took place two weeks later than originally scheduled due to the snow on the Feb. 4 competition date. The first place finish qualifies the team for state competition for the fifth straight year.

The final competition had the top 12 students compete in a one-on-one countdown round.

When the results were read, North Bend Central parents watched in amazement as each member of the NBC team was called to the front, beginning with Dylan Emanuel, who finished in sixth place. Next called was Jake Wietfeld in fifth place followed by Jack Post in third place and Nick Rasmussen in second place.

Coach Terri Jelinek expressed pride in her team’s top performance.

“I expected that we would do very well this year and was not surprised at our first place finish,” she said. “Having all four in the top six exceeded my expectations. I am incredibly proud of them.”

Each team member received a trophy for their first place team finish, and the top five students received individual trophies. The school received a trophy for the first place team finish and the coach received a plaque.

Competing as alternates from NBC were Brock Ray, Sean Mullally and Gage Gibney. Ella Endorf was also a member of the team but was unable to compete on the rescheduled date.

The contest was organized by the Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers to recognize achievement in mathematical skills among middle school students. Approximately 80 students from 14 schools competed in subject areas covering probability, statistics, linear algebra and polynomials. The program consisted of individual, team and fast-paced written tests.

Rounding out the top five teams behind NBC were West Point Guardian Angels, Columbus Middle School, Verdigree and Bloomfield.

North Bend team members have been practicing three mornings each week since November under the tutelage of Jelinek.

The state competition will be March 17 at UNL.

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