Hart Middle School’s Tuinstra wins Math Counts competition 

March 15, 2023

Peter Tuinstra

Hart Middle School’s Tuinstra wins Math Counts competition 

Pirate News is a service of Hart Public Schools in partnership with Oceana County Press.

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

VICTORY TOWNSHIP (Mason County) — Hart Middle School eighth grader Peter Tuinstra was the over-all champion of the annual Math Counts competition held at West Shore Community College on Tuesday. The event, coordinated by MiSTEM Region 9 and West Shore Educational Service District included 179 middle school students from 10 area schools including Hart, Ludington Area School District, Ludington Area Catholic, Mason County Central, Mason County Eastern, Pentwater, Shelby, Walkerville, Kaleva-Norman-Dickson, and Manistee Area Public Schools. 

Business partners of the competition included Nordlund & Associates, Harsco Rail, PCA, West Shore Educational Service District and WSCC. The event included a sprint round, target round and team round. Then, the top 10 individual scorers competed in a countdown round. 

The event began locally in 1984 by Nordlund & Associates. 

The competition fittingly was held on “Pi Day”. March 14 is often referred to as “Pi Day” because of the mathematical equation known as pi (Greek) which is the ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle. In decimal form, the value of pi is approximately 3.14. 

The results are as follows: 

Individual Top 4

1. Steele Stowe – OJ DeJonge Middle School (Ludington Area School District)

2. Ian Mueller – OJ DeJonge Middle School

3. Samuel Reisterer – Ludington Area Catholic

4. Cael Omness – Shelby Middle School

Team Top 4

1. OJ DeJonge Middle School team 1

(Ian Mueller, Annabelle Lowman, Steele Stowe, Ryan Higley)

2. Manistee Middle School team 1

(April Konen, Kayleigh Moore, Brady Rivette, Andy O’Donnell)

3. OJ DeJonge Middle School team 4

(Kasen Carlsen, Ethan Bogner, Cole Jubar, Brody Jones)

4. Ludington Area Catholic team 1

(Matthew Odegaard, Samuel Reisterer, Addison Torrez, Charlotte Torrez)

Countdown Round Top 3

1. Peter Tuinstra – Hart Middle School

2. Ian Mueller – OJ DeJonge Middle School

3. Steele Stowe – OJ DeJonge Middle School

3. Samuel Reisterer – Ludington Area Catholic

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