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Six eighth-graders from St. Elizabeth School in Rockville took first place in the 40th annual Our Lady of Good Counsel Math Competition on Nov. 21.

Maggie Hansen, Patrick Howley, Matthew Musselman, Thomas Penny, Kerry Pullano, and Connor Starkey represented the school in the competition, which included teams from 15 schools.

The Olney Catholic high school invites Catholic grade schools in the area to send six-student teams to the annual fall competition, where they take a 45-minute, multiple-choice test written by the school’s math faculty, according to Patricia Lavin Riely, chairwoman of Good Counsel’s math department. Each team’s score is the sum of their top four individual scores.

St. Elizabeth was first with 92 points, followed by St. Martin of Tours in Gaithersburg with 90 and Trinity School in Howard County with 83. Matthew Musselman of the St. Elizabeth team earned a perfect score.

The top 10 students were awarded certificates and the top three teams received trophies.

“Everyone celebrates with pizza and beverages at the end,” Riely wrote in an email.

Good Counsel has a partnership with its Catholic feeder schools and the math competition is a way to encourage them with their math programs, she wrote, adding it is a nice way to get eighth-grade students “excited about coming to Our Lady of Good Counsel for high school.”