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Newport students sum up success through math contest

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) – A math competition has added up to be a great success at Newport Elementary School.

The school honored more than 200 students during an assembly Thursday for competing in the third annual Math Marathon.

The marathon involved several different competitions that tested students in kindergarten, first and second grades on their math skills.

Robert Pankey, the elementary school's math recovery teacher, says it was important to reward the students for all their hard work and dedication.   

"It's good to see [the students] enjoying mathematics," Pankey said. "They have the summer reading program, where they can go and enjoy reading. I just want them to know that math can be just like that. It can be an adventure, just like reading can be."

Pankey says the school may let third grade students compete in the Math Marathon next year because the contest has only gotten bigger.

"We've had more winners this year than we've had any other time, it seems like," he said.

Pankey would also like to thank his fellow teachers and the students' parents for their continued interest and involvement.

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