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More than 60 students take part in St. Bonaventure’s Challenge 24 contest

Apr 23, 2024

More than 60 students from seven area schools took part in the annual Challenge 24 mathematics contest April 13 at St. Bonaventure University.

The contest is hosted each year by the Mathematics Department and is directed by Angela Castle, ’08, an adjunct professor at SBU from 2011-2020, and Dr. Christine Uhl, associate professor of Mathematics.

The participating schools included: Allegany-Limestone Middle School, Hinsdale, Salamanca, Olean Intermediate-Middle School, East View Elementary, Washington West Elementary, and Bysiek CPA Homeschool.

Challenge-24 is a game in which contestants are presented with four numbers between 1 and 9. The object is to combine the numbers, using each number exactly once, to produce an answer of 24. Any of the standard arithmetic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division) may be used as needed, perhaps more than once, to get the result.

Medals were awarded to the top three students at each grade level, from third garde to seventh.

  • Third grade: Jack Crawford (1st, Washington West), Nilaa Saravanan (2nd, Washington West), Mason Smith (3rd, Washington West)
  • Fourth grade: Anvitha Balineni (1st, Olean), Irene Yang (2nd, Olean), Jacob Moses (3rd, Hinsdale)
  • Fifth grade: Aadhav Rajaramanathan (1st, Olean), Kavya Saravanan (2nd, Olean), Aisha Aylin (3rd, Olean)
  • Sixth grade: Grant Perry (1st, Olean), Elan Thach (2nd, Olean), Owen Talbot (3rd, Olean)
  • Seventh grade: Mia Jones (1st, Olean), Jenna Goodling (2nd, Hinsdale), Abigail Simons (3rd, Olean)

To learn more about the 24 Game and St. Bonaventure’s Challenge 24 competition, visit


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