Eagles Nest students take top honors at Tuba City Math League competition

Kasia Yazzie, third grade, is the grand champion for the Math League competition in Tuba City last week and now will represent Eagles Nest Intermediate at the state finals in Tucson along with Noah Smith, fifth grade, who placed fifth  in his grade level. Photo/Rosanda Suetopka

Kasia Yazzie, third grade, is the grand champion for the Math League competition in Tuba City last week and now will represent Eagles Nest Intermediate at the state finals in Tucson along with Noah Smith, fifth grade, who placed fifth in his grade level. Photo/Rosanda Suetopka

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Students from Eagles Nest Intermediate School in Tuba City competed against 20 other Arizona schools in an annual math competition in individual and team settings.

More than 200 students entered the overall public school competition.

Two Eagles Nest third graders placed in the top 10 in their grade level with seven of the Eagles Nest students qualifying to go on to the more aggressive state level math competition later this month in Tucson.

Third grade student Kasia Yazzie performed so well she took the top honor of Grand Champion for her grade level.

Noah Smith, fifth grader from Eagles Nest Intermediate, took fifth place in the overall competition for his grade level.

Other top students from Eagles Nest Intermediate who will now go to the state math competition in Tucson for middle schoolers are Noah Smith, Kasia Yazzie, Tyler Tawahongva , Levi Delcolongon, Tayden Arizona, Allen Hudson and Maric Bilagody.

Fourth grade teacher Sophia Begody, one of the sponsoring Math League coordinators for the Tuba City district along with Myleene Ruiz, a fifth grade teacher, was extremely pleased with the final results and win for Eagles Nest students.

"We are so proud of all of our students and excited for them to advance like they did and now go onto state competition," Begody said. "It was a great experience for us all, and I want to thank our Principal Dr. Justin Roberson and our school board for this opportunity to have the students travel and meet other schools who are also in competition in the math area. It was a challenge but our students were ready."

Students who competed on behalf of TCUSD's Eagle Nest Intermediate School were:

Third Grade: Noah Smith/fifth place/state qualifier; Kasia Yazzie/Grand Champ/state qualifier; Nadia Martinez; Miara Bilagody.

Fourth grade: Maria Macaraig; Tyler Tawahongva/state qualifier; Scott Attikai; Alliyah Daw; Kyrene Blackhair; Levi Delcolongon/state qualifier; Jaydean Dugi; Jazmine Dugi.

Fifth Grade: McKennon George; Jacelynn Tallsalt; Taydean Arizona/state qualifier; Allen Hudson/state qualifier; Maric Bilagody/state qualifier; Pedro Martinez; Alethia Williams; Mikyla Johnson.

Roberson was especially pleased with his students' final competition results.

"Congratulations to all of our Math League participants, state qualifiers and our Grand Champion Kasia Yazzie and their teacher sponsors," Roberson said. "Good luck at Tucson! We are all so very proud of you."

Dr. Harold G. Begay, TCUSD Superintendent was equally happy to hear that students from Eagles Nest, one of the seven schools in the Tuba City district, were successful at the local Math League competition that will enable several of the students to go on to the state competition.

"Exceptional work," he said. "These students have shown much success and achievement with honor and humility representing our middle school and district!"

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