MP Student Places 7th out of 35,517 in National Competition

LADSBS’s Akilesh Earns 7th Place in SumDog’s Holiday Contest

Miller Place, N.Y. (December 2019)—Students in third grade through fifth grade at Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School in Miller Place recently showcased their math skills during the Holiday Sumdog Competition. During the week-long competition that took place from December 6 through December 12, students completed 1,000 questions tailored toward their individual skill level. Akilesh Kandasamy, a fifth-grade student at LADSBS, claimed 7th place out of 35,517 students in the competition this year after answering 994 questions correctly.

Each year, the Sumdog contest is available to students in grades K-8. At the beginning of the school year, students are selected for the program based on their grade level. Each competition, students’ scores are calculated based on the average accuracy of correct answers. Students are able to select which game they play and Sumdog then generates specific questions to tailor each individual student. After the competition is completed, students are ranked on a leaderboard by the number of correct answers they had. If there’s a tie, students are ranked on the average answer speed.