TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Three Eagles Nest Intermediate School students qualified for an invitation only state math competition that will take place May 9 at University High School in Tucson. The students qualified for the competition after taking top honors at a regional Northern Arizona Elementary Math competition in February at Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott.
Fifth grade student Mica Song and sixth grade students Jehron Smith and Hiram Bowen will represent Eagles Nest and the Tuba Unified School District in the state math competition.
A total of twelve Eagles Nest students qualified for the regional competition at Prescott including fourth graders McKennon George, Maric Bilagody, Mackyla Johnson, Jacelyn Tallsalt .
Fifth grade students Mica Song, Martin John, Krisna Wilson, Ehcaymmi Isaac qualified as well.
Jehron Smith, Hiram Bowen, Jonas Yazzie and Angel Labajo, all sixth graders, competed at the Prescott event as well.
"This was a great experience for all of our students," ENIS teacher Sophia Begody said. "They did say they felt their first test was really tough because they were nervous and not sure what to expect. Their last test which was the team test, they were all tested in their own grade level. They spent a lot of time defending their answers with good solid evidence, which I thought was just awesome. I'm so proud of all of them."
Begody also wanted to thank her co-teacher and co-sponsor Myleene Ruiz as well.
"It was great to do team teaching in preparation for the students to get to the regional competition in Prescott," she said. "Ms. Ruiz was right there with me getting the kids ready. She was an excellent partner."