On March 12, the Saturday before Pi Day, fifth- and sixth-grade mathletes from across Bulloch County assembled at Southeast Bulloch High School for the 38th Annual Penny Sikes Math Tournament, the first time the event has been held in person since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 17 schools, including all of Bulloch County Schools’ elementary and middle schools, Bulloch Academy, Bible Baptist Christian Academy, and Trinity Christian Schools, accepted the challenge, and their teams competed for both individual and team honors. The event is organized and hosted each year by the Southeast Bulloch High School Math Department and sponsored by Morris Bank.

The event is named for Penny Sikes, a former Bulloch County Schools math teacher and administrator, who began the tournament in 1984.  Ms. Sikes attended Saturday’s event. She greeted faculty, students, and parents prior to the 11:30 a.m. awards ceremony where she commended students for their efforts to prepare and compete and parents’ commitment to help their children get to math team practices and competitions.

The following is a list of winners for this year’s tournament:

Fifth-Grade Individual Winners
Paisley Parrish, 10th, Bulloch Academy; Parker Perryman, 9th, Brooklet Elementary; Brian Lin, 8th, Julia P. Bryant Elementary; Tal Collins, 7th, Julia P. Bryant Elementary; Vivienne Lee, 6th, Nevils Elementary; Tiege Carrol, 5th, Brooklet Elementary; Jamie Braddock, 4th, Julia P. Bryant Elementary; Aden Prescott, 3rd, Mill Creek Elementary; Lucas Pryor, 2nd, Nevils Elementary; Daniel Choi, 1st, Brooklet Elementary 

Fifth-Grade Individual Winners: Pictured Above (L-R) Back Row: Paisley Parrish, 10th, Bulloch Academy; Parker Perryman, 9th, Brooklet Elementary; Brian Lin, 8th, Julia P. Bryant Elementary; Tal Collins, 7th, Julia P. Bryant Elementary; Vivienne Lee, 6th, Nevils Elementary; Tiege Carrol, 5th, Brooklet Elementary. Front Row (L-R): Aden Prescott, 3rd, Mill Creek Elementary; Lucas Pryor, 2nd, Nevils Elementary; Daniel Choi, 1st, Brooklet Elementary; Jamie Braddock, 4th, Julia P. Bryant Elementary; Credit: BOE

Sixth-Grade Individual Winners
Jason Stevens, 10th, Southeast Bulloch Middle; Bryce Parrish, 9th, Bulloch Academy; Chaegeong Oh, 8th, William James Middle; Pierce Jarrell, 7th, Southeast Bulloch Middle; Janie Cowan, 6th, Southeast Bulloch Middle; Alina Bravo, 5th, Southeast Bulloch Middle; Christina Zheng, 4th, William James Middle; Sydney Lane, 3rd, Trinity Christian School; Austin Wheaton, 2nd, William James Middle;  Mia Kersey, 1st, Southeast Bulloch Middle

Sixth-Grade Individual Winners
Pictured Above (L-R) Back Row: Jason Stevens, 10th, Southeast Bulloch Middle; Bryce Parrish, 9th, Bulloch Academy; Chaegeong Oh, 8th, William James Middle; Pierce Jarrell, 7th, Southeast Bulloch Middle; Janie Cowan, 6th, Southeast Bulloch Middle; Alina Bravo, 5th, Southeast Bulloch Middle. Front Row (L-R): Mia Kersey, 1st, Southeast Bulloch Middle; Austin Wheaton, 2nd, William James Middle; Sydney Lane, 3rd, Trinity Christian School; Christina Zheng, 4th, William James Middle. Credit: BOE

Fifth-Grade Team Ciphering Winners
Mill Creek Elementary School – 1st Place; Brooklet Elementary School – 2nd Place; Julia P. Bryant Elementary School – 3rd Place

Fifth-Grade Ciphering: Mill Creek Elementary School – 1st Place  Credit: BOE
Fifth-Grade Ciphering: Brooklet Elementary School – 2nd Place Credit: BOE
Fifth-Grade Ciphering: Julia P. Bryant Elementary School – 3rd Place Credit: BOE

Sixth-Grade Team Ciphering Winners
William James Middle School – 1st Place with a perfect score; Southeast Bulloch Middle School – 2nd Place; Bulloch Academy – 3rd Place

Sixth-Grade Ciphering: William James Middle School – 1st Place with a perfect score. Credit: BOE
Sixth-Grade Ciphering: Southeast Bulloch Middle School – 2nd Place Credit: BOE
Sixth-Grade Ciphering: Bulloch Academy – 3rd Place Credit: BOE

Overall Team Winners for Fifth Grade
Brooklet Elementary School – 1st Place; Mill Creek Elementary School – 2nd Place; Julia P. Bryant – 3rd Place

Fifth-Grade Overall Team – Brooklet Elementary School – 1st Place Credit: BOE
Fifth-Grade Overall Team – Mill Creek Elementary – 2nd Place Credit: BOE
Fifth-Grade Overall Team – Julia P. Bryant Elementary School – 3rd Place Credit: BOE

Overall Team Winners for Sixth Grade
Southeast Bulloch Middle School – 1st Place; William James Middle School – 2nd Place; Bulloch Academy – 3rd Place.

Sixth-Grade Overall Team – Southeast Bulloch Middle School – 1st Place  Credit: BOE
Sixth-Grade Overall Team – William James Middle School – 2nd Place Credit: BOE
Sixth-Grade Overall Team – Bulloch Academy – 3rd Place Credit: BOE