get it home page promo

Eighth grade math whiz

2010-04-21T00:08:00Z Eighth grade math whizBy ALANA LISTOE Independent Record Helena Independent Record
April 21, 2010 12:08 am  • 

Math clicks for some students, and for others, it just doesn’t add up.

For Logan Fladeland, an eighth-grader at C.R. Anderson Middle School, though, math simply comes natural.

Fladeland recently took first place in the American Mathematics Contest 8 for the state of Montana.  It’s a nationwide contest for eighth-graders sponsored by a number of professional and academic math organizations.

But that’s not all.

Fladeland, 13, recently also took the top score in honors math II at Capital High School on a test at the sophomore level. Kira Parker, a sixth-grader at C.R.A., took second on that test.

Logan’s parents, Murray and Tracie Fladeland, don’t take credit for his exceptional math abilities.

“From an early age, he seemed to really be able to crunch numbers and enjoyed it more than anything,” Murray said.

Tracie said his three older brothers played number games with him.

“They would quiz him before he was even in school,” she said.

Tracie said that from an early age, Logan noticed patterns. The numbers describing the time of day, for example, were the same as radio station call numbers.

“I don’t feel like we can be attributed to his success,” Tracie said. “Honestly, I’d say he’s had good teachers, and the programs they have in place at the school have a lot to do with it.”

As a fifth-grader, Logan was bused to C.R. Anderson to take higher-level math classes. Today, he rides the bus to Capital for sophomore-level honors math.

Logan says he didn’t grow up thinking he was a math whiz, but in elementary school he did notice that he was usually the first one to finish taking math tests. And many times, his classmates would ask for his help.

As he got older he took harder classes, but that only made him work harder, Logan said.

The high school students in his math class seem OK with Logan being the young kid in the class.

“They joke around and threaten to make me do their homework,” he said with a laugh.

     Sandy Jomini was Logan’s seventh-grade math teacher and says that when she asked him a question, she could see the connections being made in his brain.

C.R. Anderson Principal Bruce Campbell said Logan is one of those students who administrators and teachers want to have in school.

“He’s a positive role model for my building,” Campbell said, admitting that Logan is a lot better at math than he is.

Next year, Logan will take pre-calculus as a freshman, but math

doesn’t define the polite, cheerful and funny teen. He gets superb grades in other subjects and plays many sports — soccer, basketball and sometimes football.

Logan says that although he gets good grades — 4.0 GPA — of all the subjects he takes in school, math just makes the most sense.

“English has all these exceptions or in history you have to memorize dates,” he said. “You can always solve the problem with math.”

Reporter Alana Listoe: 447-4081 or alana.listoe@helenair.com

 

 

Copyright 2015 Helena Independent Record. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

(3) Comments

  1. campana
    Report Abuse
    campana - April 21, 2010 5:00 pm
    Cool story! It's great to see kids who are not only good at math, but also enthusiastic about it. I hope he inspires others to challenge themselves and do well in school. Keep it up Logan!
  2. ttphoto4mt
    Report Abuse
    ttphoto4mt - April 21, 2010 7:39 am
    Good job Logan! This is very cool. Keep up the good work. Troy, Tasa and Breanna Thompson
  3. Ryanfonk
    Report Abuse
    Ryanfonk - April 21, 2010 1:07 am
    That's my little brother!!!
    Keep it up Logan, I hope this is a wake up call that every one is noticing your hard work and you keep doing well. I have the looks, you have the brains!

    Love Ryan

Civil Dialogue

We provide this community forum for readers to exchange ideas and opinions on the news of the day. Passionate views, pointed criticism and critical thinking are welcome. Name-calling, crude language and personal abuse are not welcome. Moderators will monitor comments with an eye toward maintaining a high level of civility in this forum. Our comment policy explains the rules of the road for registered commenters. If you receive an error after submitting a comment, please contact us.

If your comment was not approved, perhaps:

    1. You called someone an idiot, a racist, a dope, a moron, etc. Please, no name-calling or profanity (or veiled profanity -- #$%^&*).

    2. You rambled, failed to stay on topic or exhibited troll-like behavior intended to hijack the discussion at hand.

    3. YOU SHOUTED YOUR COMMENT IN ALL CAPS. This is hard to read and annoys readers.

    4. You have issues with a business. Have a bad meal? Feel you were overcharged at the store? New car is a lemon? Contact the business directly with your customer service concerns.

    5. You believe the newspaper's coverage is unfair. It would be better to write the editor at editor@helenair.com. This is a forum for community discussion, not for media criticism. We'd rather address your concerns directly.

    6. You included an e-mail address or phone number, pretended to be someone you aren't or offered a comment that makes no sense.

    7. You accused someone of a crime or assigned guilt or punishment to someone suspected of a crime.

    8. Your comment is in really poor taste.

    9. Don't write a novel. If your comment is longer than the article you're commenting on, you might want to cut it down a bit. Lengthy comments will likely be removed.
Add Comment
You must Login to comment.

Click here to get an account it's free and quick

THE IR ED BEAT REPORTER

Alexander Deedy covers education and business for the Independent Record. Send news tips and feedback to alexander.deedy@helenair.com. Follow Deedy on Twitter at @IR_adeedy.

Follow the Independent Record

Great Helena Businesses

Clipped From The Newspaper