DANBURY — Dalilah Brost said few things get her sixth-grade math class as pumped as the Houston Texans Stats Challenge, a program teaching children about statistics, integers, whole numbers and more through activities based on real game day numbers.
This year, things were even more exciting because her Danbury Middle School class had a challenge winner in their midst.
“We were so excited that we had a winner,” Brost said. “The ones that weren’t (Texans fans) got to be just because they were so pumped to use the statistics.”
Trent Peltier had an extra reason to be excited. After the challenge, students wrote essays detailing what they learned. Teachers chose the two best essays from each class and sent them to Stats Challenge judges. Peltier’s was one of those chosen, and it joined the best essays of sixth-graders all over the Houston metropolitan area. Judges pick 10 overall winners.
“I loved reading their essays and it was so tough to pick the top ones. I guess you don’t realize how much they’re into it until you read them,” Brost said. “They give us a rubric to grade these papers and (Peltier) did really hit everything they were looking for.”
She must have been right, because after judges reviewed the selected essays, Peltier and his teacher each received a pair of tickets to the Texans’ Nov. 19 game against the Arizona Cardinals. Peltier said the challenge was pretty easy, but he was still bewildered when he got word of his win.
“I was really, really happy and very confused. I wasn’t expecting that at all,” he said. “We learned about integers and proportions and ratios. I wrote a paper about integers. I wrote about when Whitney Mercilus sacked the opposing team’s quarterback.”
Peltier took his dad to the game. He said they aren’t especially Texans fans — though the free tickets and rousing game could change some of that. Really, the pair just like to be wherever a football game is.
“I just like football in general,” Peltier said.
Peltier is not the only Brazoria County student named a winner in the challenge. Kavian Jester also was selected and received tickets to the Texans’ Nov. 19 game.