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Middle School Mathletes Storm to County Title

Eighth grade team's victory over more than a dozen Marin public and private schools garners honor from Mill Valley School District.

The ’s weren’t going to be denied.

One month after their perfect season got its only blemish when they finished second to Corte Madera’s Marin Country Day School, the stormed back in the final round, winning the 18-team Marin County Office of Education Mathletes Competition for 2012.

“We’re really excited about your achievements,” Mill Valley School District Superintendent Paul Johnson said in a ceremony to honor the five members of the eighth grade team, as well as the six members of the seventh grade team, which placed fifth in the county competition.

The annual competition includes 18 public and private Marin County schools. Each student gets five problems to solve at each competition, with two minutes to solve each. Eighth grader Ryan Leary missed only one problem in all four rounds of the competition.

In addition to receiving certificates for their achievement, the eighth grade quintet also received trophies paid for by an anonymous donor.

“Congratulations,” Johnson said.

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