County and state math competitions in Blaine need volunteers

Even if your math skills only extend as far as balancing your checkbook, you can still volunteer with two math competitions that are coming to Blaine.

The Whatcom County middle school math championship will be held at the Blaine school complex on Saturday, February 28.

The competition will bring together county middle-school students to match wits against some of their brightest peers.

Four weeks later, on March 28, Blaine will host a competition of middle school math champions from the entire state. More than 1,200 students are expected to attend.

Organizers need volunteers to help proctor and grade tests: no math skills are required. Proctors will make sure teams are going to the correct classrooms, read mental math questions aloud and enforce the rules.

Volunteer proctors will arrive at the Blaine High School library at 8 a.m. for orientation and leave by 12:30 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Volunteer test graders should arrive at the high school by 9:45 a.m. and will be finished by 1 or 1:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery, and coordinated by the Blaine school district. The refinery has sponsored math competitions in the county for 33 years. According to Phillips 66 spokesperson Jeff Callender, the sponsorship allows the company to enrich the community and invest in the workforce of the future.

“It’s important to build confidence in our young people by recognizing and rewarding student achievement,” he said. “From a company perspective, it’s important for us to support the communities where we have done business for more than 60 years. By helping our students develop their math and science skills, we’re investing in and building our workforce of the future.”

To volunteer, contact Shawna Rouse with the Blaine school district at

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