PA Cyber Scores First in Northeast U.S. in Online Math Competition

Nov 13, 2009, 10:00 ET from Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School

MIDLAND, Pa., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School took top school honors among 450 participating schools in the Northeast U.S. in an online math competition. Individually, two PA Cyber students placed second and third among 14,600 participants.

Over 1,000 PA Cyber students in grades 4-8 participated in the 48-hour online VMath Live Northeast Region Mania Math Challenge Oct. 14-15, (Northeast VMath Live rankings).

Two sixth-grade PA Cyber students placed in the top three individuals overall: Dustin Marquardt of Lebanon, Pa., placed second, and Caleb Hixon of Mars, Pa., placed third, announced Dr. Nick Trombetta, founder and CEO of PA Cyber.

Ten PA Cyber math classes placed among the top 50 classes.

Students scored for speed and accuracy in real-time competition.

"This was fun for the kids, but it was also good at teaching them skills they need," said Lori Dodd, the math teacher who initiated the school's participation.

As a result, "students have become faster and more proficient in their math skills," said Dodd. "We were able to compete against students from other countries. That made our students work harder and faster, and become better."

VMath Live will present PA Cyber with a banner, plaque and a pizza party, said VMath Live spokesperson Shannon Overbeck. Students finishing in the top 10 will receive a trophy.

Dodd said PA Cyber students will participate in the World Math Challenge next spring.

The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School ( is an online public school providing a state-approved K-12 education tuition-free to Pennsylvania residents. With more than 8,500 students enrolled statewide, PA Cyber is the largest and most successful of the state's 11 cyber charter schools.

An indicator of school success, PA Cyber met federal AYP guidelines in 2009, achieving all 29 AYP academic and performance targets in state PSSA testing (pa cyber makes AYP). PA Cyber celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2010.

VMath Live is a free internet math challenge provided by Voyager Expanded Learning, a Dallas, Texas, based company which provides core, intervention and supplemental reading programs, as well as math intervention and ongoing professional development programs, for school districts throughout the United States.

Contact: Toni Cicone, communications specialist, 724.643.1180 ext. 1712

SOURCE Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School