DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

May 16, 2012

LMS students excel in geography, math

By Suzanne Laurent
slaurent@derrynews.com

LONDONDERRY — Londonderry Middle School recently congratulated students who excelled at the state level in geography and math.

Dale Larie, an eighth-grader, placed 12th out of 100 students from around the state at the National Geographic Bee, held March 30 at Keene State College.

Dale, a student in Jan Armstrong's special curriculum class, qualified to participate at the state level competition by being one of the top 100 scorers on the written test in New Hampshire's qualifying round.

Three sixth-grade students were tops in the school's Math League.

One hundred and thirty-one schools participated in the New England Math League competition in February. The results were just released and Londonderry Middle School was ranked 21st in New England and first in the state.

Carolyn Stoller placed first in New Hampshire; Jeff Cieslikowski and Bethany Costello tied for third place.

Four more students were among nearly 150,000 students worldwide to participate in the Math Olympiad program.

Eighth-grader Logan Ford received a trophy for receiving the highest score among the Londonderry Middle School participants and three others received a silver pin for their scores in the national top 10 percent. They are eighth-grader Robert Kilgore and seventh-graders Samantha Mauceri and Lindsey Guenthner.

They participated in a series of five monthly contests of five problems each, from November to March, under the supervision of Armstrong.

All of the students received special recognition from principal Rich Zacchilli last week, along with Armstrong and Ann Gagney, another special curriculum teacher at the middle school.

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