Memories of Math - Math Counts

Posted on April 02, 2021

As former faculty members begin to work on the history of the Price Laboratory School Math Department we'll be highlighting stories and memories of Math at PLS.

We hope you'll enjoy them and that they might stir up memories of your own to share with us!

(If you have memories of Math the Lab School please consider submitting them through our Share Your Memories page or by emailing us at RAN.AFPLS @

Today we are featuring this undated article written and submitted by Dennis Kettner.

(Images shown are a photo of the Price Lab Math Counts team and an image of a clipping of the full article. Tap on photos to view larger images. Full text of the article appears below.)

The full article reads as follows:

Math Counts:
Price Lab Goes to State!
--by Dennis Kettner

On February 14, the Price Laboratory School Math Counts team competed against seventeen other teams in the regional MathCounts competition for the right to advance to the state competition in mid-March. Only the top three teams move on to the state competition. The Price Laboratory School team finished in third place behind Holmes Junior High and Decorah Junior High and just ahead of Waverly-Shell Rock to narrowly qualify for the state meet.

The Price Laboratory School team was led by eighth grader Peter Beroozi who finished in second place among the one hundred plus mathletes. Experienced eighth graders, Ian Cawley and Christopher Hardy and seventh grader Cameron Puetz, were instrumental in the four person team's fine showing. Alternate Jeff Zeitz also participated in the competition as a backup for the other four members.

The competition consisted of three basic rounds: 30 problems using the paper and pencil method in the Sprint Round, 8 problems using a non-programmable calculator in the Target Round, and 10 problems in the Team Round; team members were allowed to converse with one another and use non-programmable calculators.

The Math Counts program at Price Laboratory School is a broadbased one. This year, between fifteen to twenty seventh and eighth grade students voluntarily participated in two practice sessions a week from September through January in preparation for the school and regional competitions.

Integral to the success of the Math Counts program at Price Laboratory School are the secondary mathematics education students from UNI who spend a considerable amount of time working with the mathletes. On a biweekly basis these volunteers planned and implemented lessons that improved the mathlete's problem-solving skills and broadened their understanding of important mathematics concepts. The Math Counts program at Price Laboratory school encourages its participants to increase their knowledge of mathematics, improve their problem solving skills and to make mathematics both challenging and fun.

The state meet will be help at the Ohlmstead Center on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines on Saturday, March 14 beginning at approximately 12:00 noon. It is the third time the Price Laboratory School has qualified for the state meet in the nine years that it has fielded a team.


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