Bay District Schools holds 2018 Mathcounts competition

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Have you ever heard of the term Mathlete? Well, now you have.

They are middle school students that compete in mathematics competitions like Mathcounts.

Every year, Bay District Schools holds the competition. Students compete at the individual level and on teams.

This year more than 190 local middle school students participated in the event. Winners of the district competition will go on to regionals.

The teams are made up of students that belong to math clubs or science-oriented clubs. They consider this their sport.

Bay District Schools Math Instructional specialist Cylle Rowell added, "Some of these students that are [competing] now are geniuses at math. So, it's just to give them an opportunity to really show what they know."

According to the Mathcounts website, middle school students exist at a critical juncture in which their love for mathematics must be nurtured, or their fear of mathematics must be overcome.