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Math Counts South Dakota State Champions

Math Counts 2014 SD State Champion Team

My son, Max, placed fourth overall in the state Math Counts competition. He was the highest ranking 7th grader in the tournament and is pictured here as a part of the winning team from Patrick Henry Middle School in Sioux Falls.  Max is the second from the end on the right side.

Obviously, I am very proud of him and his team mates, he has worked very hard to get where he is. Sometimes, I think that Max works too hard, but I have to let him be who he wants to be, which is a big deal to me since I never was given the chance to do what I want to do.

Congratulations Max, on a great showing at the South Dakota state Math Counts competition. You have punched your ticket to the national competition in Orlando, Florida, at Disney World.

Max also took second place in a math competition for geometry at USD in Vermillion, SD this past Saturday (3/29/2014). Patrick Henry Middle School students did great representing Lincoln High School (where they have their math classes) at the event. Great job, Max!


March 31, 2014 Posted by | Parenting, The Human Condition | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Congrats, Patrick Henry Panthers Geography Bee Champion Max Peters!

Congratulations to my son, Maximilian Eliasz Peters, who became the Patrick Henry Geography Bee Champion last week in a school geography bee.

Max was an underdog going in, but boned-up on his geography enough to pull-off the victory and become the school champion.  Unfortunately,  I was not in attendance,  as I had to work.  Even his mother had to leave early, because she gives violin lessons and had one scheduled when the final round  went a little longer than she was expecting.  But grandma was there to watch her youngest grandson go on to victory.

We are so proud of our son, I cannot tell you.  And he will never know how much, because if I patted him on the back any more we might bruise something.  Although the entire family is proud of Max, we will never be able to communicate how proud because if we did he would wind-up with a swelled head.  So we try to be a little cool about it with him.  But it is hard.

Max never reads any of my blogs, though.  So he will probably never notice this post of me bragging about him.

Unfortunately,  despite the fact that my entire family has smart phones equipped with really good point-n-shoot cameras, it seems no one took a picture during the bee.  So if anyone has one, please send it to me via  I thank you in advance.

Max should be done with his state finals exam for the championship in Aberdeen, by now (he took that test today). I believe the top scoring 100 school champions will go.

January 14, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment