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Some people seem to avoid math like the plague. But students at Christ the King Middle School find it exciting. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders faced off in a battle of wits today in the Mathcounts county level competition.

More than 60 students from Burleigh and Morton counties competed for one of 31 spots to go to the state competition.

Eighth graders, Jane and Jared may have differing views on who should go to state, but agree that the competition is intense.

"There's some very smart seventh graders, and you just try to be a leader. Always ask for extra homework and extra assignments. Do the extra problems in the book. Do everything you can to get better at math," says Jared Honeyman.

Both Jared and Jane have entered the competition as individuals. You can be on a team, but Jared says that's too many cooks in the kitchen.

"I was actually telling the girl sitting next to me, I was like, I kinda wish I was in a team right now. Then after, I was like getting through it. I'm like, well I'm doing pretty good, so maybe this'll be good I'm individual," says Jane Gowen.

The competition tests math knowledge both with and without a calculator. Students start at their schools, then move on to county, state and finally the national competition. Since there hasn't been a North Dakota national winner yet, coaches say the pressure is on.

"Sometimes as a coach it can be intimidating because you are getting the best of the best. And super, super smart and talented math kids. It's been great though to challenge these kids on an academic level," says coach Angie Edinger.

For those, like me, who aren't big fans of math, Mathcounts officials say it never hurts to try, math is a very versatile subject.

"What math does for you, it teaches you how to analyze problems. Whether it's numbers or everyday life," says the competition's assistant coordinator Brad Kurle.

The coaches say no matter the outcome, students should be proud of themselves for getting this far.

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