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Daves Creek student, team shine at national math competition
Coach Carole Haich and a team of 12 students from Daves Creek were recently named the fifth-highest scoring team at the National Math Competition at Texas A&M University.

Students from Daves Creek Elementary School are getting some national recognition for their math skills.

Recently, a team of students from the school competed at the National Math Competition at Texas A&M University, where the team finished as the nation’s fifth-highest scoring team. Sam Kovi, a rising fifth-grader at Daves Creek, also earned fifth-place in the individual round.

“I am extremely proud of all of the students from Forsyth County who made it to the national level,” said Brian Lack, a mathematics specialist with Forsyth County Schools, in an email. “The competition was extremely fierce, and for Daves Creek to leave with a fifth-place finish in both the team and individual segments is a tremendous honor.”

Daves Creek sent 12 of the more than two dozen Forsyth County students who competed. Only the top 10 finishers in the state for each grade level were invited.

In the competition, each student solves problems both individually and in teams.

“Math competitions are not just about seeing who can solve the most problems correctly,” Lack said. “They are about stimulating the love of problem solving and critical thinking in students who will likely enter STEM careers one day.”

The competition also featured overseas competition from the Philippines.

Lack said MathLeague competitions for next year will begin in October and more information can be found at