volume 65 - issue 3 - march 2015
The 2015 MATHCOUNTS winners announced
The 21st annual regional MATHCOUNTS competition brought together more than 130 students from 19 schools throughout Southern Maryland to test their math skills at Calvert Middle School in Prince Frederick on Saturday, February 7.
MATHCOUNTS aims to boost student interest in mathematics by making the subject challenging and entertaining, so that students have a foundation for success in science, technology, and engineering. Each year, more than 500 regional competitions are held in middle schools across the country, with winners advancing to state competitions and then to the national competition.
During the three-hour event, there is a series of rounds featuring mathematics problems to challenge students one-on-one and as teams. In the individual competition, which is based on combined scores in the sprint and target rounds, Michael Gill from Milton Somers Middle School in Charles County placed first and Nicholas Matthews from Northern Middle School in Calvert County placed second.
In the team round, foursomes of students answer 10 questions in 20 minutes. The top 12 scorers finish the competition by facing each other in the countdown round, a single-elimination tournament in which students must respond verbally to questions in a matter of seconds. Michael Gill finished first in the countdown round and Preston Southan from Northern Middle School placed second.
Sponsors for the local MATHCOUNTS competition are SMECO and the Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's county public schools, with the support of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Members of the Kiwanis of Charles County and the Westlake Key Club, along with SMECO employees and their families, volunteered their time to score the tests.
Winners of the Southern Maryland competition will go on to compete in the statewide contest at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. State winners will progress to the national competition held in Boston, MA.
First-place team, Northern Middle School
From left are Justin Patin, Preston Southan, Nicholas Matthews, Devin Tran, and Coach Carole Butler.
Second-place team, Esperanza Middle School
From left are Coach Gabrielle Sivak, Conlan McConvey, Margaret Holmes, McKenna Randall, Emme Staats, and Coach Christopher Adams.
Third-place team, Milton Somers Middle School
From left are Michael Gill, Peyton Carney, Sydney Marohn-Johnson, Coach Jessica Stiver, Aashka Patel, and Coach Jennifer Rowland.