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24 Game puts students' math skills to the test

May 15, 2000

On April 18, the Washington County Board of Education held the 24 Math Game Challenge finals. The event was sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust and held at Hagerstown Community College.

The competition consisted of more 200 children in fifth through seventh grade. In order to participate in the countywide event, students had to compete and become a finalist in their own schools. Making it to the competition is a great achievement for the students, and each finalist is awarded a T-shirt and a personalized certificate of recognition.

The winner from each grade, along with the top three runners-up were awarded individually engraved plaques, and a collectible 2000 American Eagle Silver Dollar. F&M Bank provided the awards.

Game inventor Robert Sun said the game is "brilliantly" simple. All the students have to do is add, subtract, multiply and/or divide the secret four numbers on a 24 Game card using each number only once to reach the answer, 24.

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The competition could not be held without the help of all the generous volunteers, who give up their time to help as proctors (like referees) in the games. Several employees of F&M Bank were included in the list of volunteers. They were Donna Eisentrout (In-Home-Banker), Dawn Hoover-Miller (In-Home-Banker), Donna Long (Fountainhead Plaza Branch), Matt Weaver (Assistant Vice President), Marleen Golden (Hancock Branch), and Leona Hall (Halfway Branch).

The winners in each grade were:

  • Fifth Grade - Benjamin Clevenger from Bester Elementary.
  • Sixth Grade - David Brandenburg from Boonsboro Middle School.
  • Seventh Grade - Andrew Henry from Northern Middle.
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