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      Local students participate in national math competition

      Some local fifth-graders are proving their smarts when it comes to mathematics.

      Fifth grade students at Schuyler R-1 Elementary have been busy participating in a national math competition. The students recently came in 1st place in the state of Missouri and ranked 31st out of schools in the entire nation.

      The competition helps to motivate students, and makes them excited about learning math in a fun way.

      Students from the school are able to compete in the program every few months. The math competition is a relatively new program in which different schools in the area are choosing to participate.

      Students are able to access the competition from an online program provided by the school district.

      "The kids have their own user ID, and log-in information, and they log on and they play against other students at other schools answering questions at their grade level," said Saturn Cassady, a 5th grade math teacher at the school.

      Teachers will reward the students for their hard work at the end of the competition with hot chocolate and root beer float parties.