O’Gorman Junior High School Wins Pizza Math Championship
Ft Lauderdale, FL. May 3, 2013 –O’Gorman Junior High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota have claimed the first ever Pizza Math Championship. Under the supervision of technology teacher Mrs. Tara Johanneson, 136 O’Gorman students logged onto the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) website (www.cksf.org) and took an online math quiz all about pizza.
Pizza Math is an innovative way for students to apply the math skills learned in the classroom to real world situations. “Pizza Math was developed to help teachers answer the question, ‘why do we have to learn this stuff’,” said Daryl Hulce, Pizza Math creator and CKSF president. “The program also helps promote the pizza industry by allowing restaurant owners to award the high scorers with free pizza at their stores.”
The owners of Pizza Ranch near O’Gorman Junior High School were quick to step up and recognize the top scorers from the O’Gorman team. Mrs. Johanneson and JP Costello, the highest scoring O’Gorman student, each received a free pizza. Pizza Ranch gift cards in the amount of five dollars were also given to the top four scorers: Matt McDonald, Will Bentz, Lexi Job, and Rudy Lawler.
The concept for Pizza Math was developed at Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. With the help of Jeff Cohen, owner of the well known Pizza Loft Restaurant, the first math challenge was launched in May of 2012. The idea of winning pizza was so appealing to the students that the program was expanded to include any elementary or middle school in the United States that was interested in implementing it at their school.
The program is free to schools and available from September through May each year. The next Pizza Math competition is scheduled for later this year. Any elementary or middle school in the United States is eligible to participate. Interested schools should visit www.cksf.org for more information.
About Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation
Developed and administered at Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler School of Education, the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) creates unique opportunities for students of all ages by awarding scholarships and prizes through the use of Internet-based quiz competitions. Students who answer the greatest number of questions correctly in the shortest amount of time are declared contest winners. Since 2001, CKSF has awarded over $350,000 to 800 participants in the United States. CKSF scholarships can be used at the school of the winners’ choice. For more information on CKSF, please visit www.cksf.org.
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