SMECO newsletter

volume 66 - issue 3 - March 2016

SMECO announces MATHCOUNTS winners

Hannah Torgesen, right, finished first in the countdown round and Annalee Johnson (left) placed second.

The 22nd annual regional MATHCOUNTS competition challenged more than 145 students from 21 schools throughout Southern Maryland to test their math skills at Calvert Middle School in Prince Frederick on Saturday, February 6.

A competitive technological world requires a proficiency in mathematics as a foundation for success in science, technology, and engineering. MATHCOUNTS aims to boost student interest in mathematics by making the subject challenging and entertaining. 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, a series of rounds featuring mathematics problems challenge students one-on-one and as teams. In the individual competition, which is based on combined scores in the sprint and target rounds, Emily Smith from Milton Somers Middle School in Charles County placed first and Emme Staats from Esperanza Middle School in St. Mary's County placed second.

 In the individual competition, Emily Smith placed first.

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 where students must respond verbally to questions in a matter of seconds. Hannah Torgesen finished first in the countdown round and Annalee Johnson placed second. Both first and second place finishers attend Chesapeake Public Charter School.

In the team competition, Chesapeake Public Charter School in St. Mary's County won first place. Milton Somers Middle School placed second. Esperanza Middle School won third place. Southern Middle School in Calvert County finished in fourth place and the fifth place team was Northern Middle School from Calvert County.

In the individual competition, Emme Staats 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. Volunteers from NSWC Indian Head EOD Technology Division and SMECO scored 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 Washington, D.C.

First-place team, Chesapeake Public Charter School. From left are Liam Smith, Derek Nichols, Annalee Johnson, Hannah Torgesen, and coach Ayrin Torgesen.

First-place team, Chesapeake Public Charter School

From left are Liam Smith, Derek Nichols, Annalee Johnson, Hannah Torgesen, and coach Ayrin Torgesen.

Second-place team, Milton Somers Middle School. From left are Erin Possehl, Jack Glassman, Brandon Luton, Emily Smith, and coach Jennifer Rowland.

Second-place team, Milton Somers Middle School

From left are Erin Possehl, Jack Glassman, Brandon Luton, Emily Smith, and coach Jennifer Rowland.

Third-place team, Esperanza Middle School. From left are Emme Staats, Gavin Furlong, Allison Robinson, Justin Martin, and coach Christopher Adams.

Third-place team, Esperanza Middle School

From left are Emme Staats, Gavin Furlong, Allison Robinson, Justin Martin, and coach Christopher Adams.