May 24, 2023 - Shelbyville Number Sense student Kason Parker earned a 5th place medal at the Academic State UIL Meet on May 18th. This marks Kason’s third year competing at the state meet and his second straight year earning an individual medal at state in Number Sense. He is the first Shelbyville Number Sense student to earn multiple individual state medals. He and his teammates, Malachi Sierra, Ethan Jackson, and Abby Shofner, also earned 4th place as a team.
What is Number Sense? Besides being extremely difficult, it is an 80-question, 10 minute mental math contest that covers all high school math courses. There is no scratch work, no erasing, no mark overs, and if you skip a question it is wrong. To excel in Number Sense contestants must rapidly identify question types, recall the most efficient way to solve them, and be extremely accurate all while not being able to write anything down except the answer. Countless hours of work and dedication go into becoming a great Number Sense contestant. Here is a link to a Number Sense test if you would like to see what the test consists of: SAC 2020 Number Sense Test
Number Sense is coached by Cole Harrison