BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Mathletes from Missoula, Billings and Helena are headed to Washington, D.C. after scoring high marks in a statewide math competition.

Eighty-four students from 25 middle schools participated in the annual Mathcounts competition in Bozeman on Monday.

The competition challenges students in a number of math-related fields from algebra to statistics. The students took written and oral tests.
     
NBC Montana spoke to one competitor who told us he loves math.

"I feel like math is my strongest subject. I actually like math. I think it's kind of fun to problem solve in real life situations instead of problems on a sheet of paper," said Logan Thurston of Kalispell Middle School.

The Mathcounts program is in its 30th year. The top four students and the coach from the winning team get an all-expense paid trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C.

The winners from Montana are Stellan Bechtold from Missoula Sussex School, Jackson Hall from Billings Hall Academy, and Caleb Noble and Jack Murphy from Helena CR Anderson Middle School.