At first there were 20 students participating in the spelling bee-like contest -- all champions from their own schools.
One by one they went down until there were just two.
The winner's purse was a $100 target gift certificate.
It was a very difficult math problem to solve: 874 multiplied by seven.
But there could only be one winner; that honor went to eight-year-old Jordan Phal from Allendale Elementary School. Phal says he actually, really likes math.
"It's easy for me; I study math and I learn new facts," Phal said.
There were no sore losers at the math bee.
"I can't believe I won second place and all those people who are out in my family I just want to say 'hi,'" second place winner Skye Evans said.
So just what exactly does a third grade math whiz buy with a $100 gift certificate?
"No, I don't want to cheat," Phal said.
He does not know yet, but he'll figure it out.