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Connor Rausch, a second-grade student at Orono Schumann Elementary, earned a perfect cumulative score of 18 in Continental Math League (CML) competition this season. He received a certificate and a medal from CML.
CML competitions begin in second grade. This year, there were 175 second-grade teams from across the nation.
Only 46 second-graders from those teams earned perfect scores. Rausch and five others are from Minnesota.
Students have just 30 minutes to complete six challenging problems. They take a series of three tests administered in January, February and March.
“It is very rare for second-grade students to achieve a perfect overall score,” says Jane Smith, Schumann’s gifted and talented teacher, “because they are new to the competition and the focus is on perseverance and using time wisely. Connor reads carefully, sees the competitions as motivating and fun, and uses his time to check over his work. All of these points added up to success.”
CML was founded in 1980 to assist schools in helping students improve their reading comprehension and problem-solving skills.