CBK Students Place Second and Third at Regional 24 Game Tournament
For the final Challenge activity of the school year, Cedarbrook sent four students to the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit on Thursday, June 6 for its annual 24 game tournament. MCIU hosts an annual event for fourth through eighth graders divided into three grade level groups (Grades 4/5, 6 and 7/8).
A dozen students from across the county qualified for the regionals, including eighth graders Clare Rajapakse, Vaughn McCain, Jesse Packel, were selected from all the participants to advance to the semifinal round. Rajapakse and Packel advanced to the finals and eventually placed second and third, respectively. Taking second and third place is a marked improvement from just one year ago’s performance, where only one CBK student qualified for the semifinals.
In May CBK held a tournament to identify who would claim the four spots afforded CBK at regional tournament. Rajapakse, McCain, Packel and Kai Bosniak claimed the spots. Seventh grader Coleman Funk was selected an alternate, and had to step in at the last minute to replace a teammate who was unable to attend.
The future of 24 Game group at CBK is in good hands, as Funk will take the reins as group student leader, replacing Rajapakse who started the CBK 24 game program as a seventh grader.
In 1988, successful inventor Robert Sun embarked on a journey to teach children the relationship between numbers through a game. The result of his efforts was the 24 game, a unique mathematics teaching tool that has proven to successfully engage students in grades one through nine from diverse economic and social backgrounds.