SMECO newsletter

volume 67 - issue 3 - March 2017

SMECO sponsors 23rd annual math competition

The 2017 MATHCOUNTS competition was held February 4 at Calvert Middle School. Brynna Bode, left, finished first in the countdown round and Grady Klaas, right, placed second. Both students attend General Smallwood Middle School in Charles County.

The 23rd annual regional MATHCOUNTS competition challenged more than 230 students from 24 schools throughout Southern Maryland to test their math skills at Calvert Middle School in Prince Frederick on Saturday, February 4.

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 Amelia Talbot from Cardinal Hickey Academy in Calvert County placed first and Hannah Torgesen from Chesapeake Public Charter School in St. Mary's County placed second.

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. Brynna Bode finished first in the countdown round and Grady Klaas placed second. Both first and second place finishers are from General Smallwood Middle School in Charles County.

Coach Susan Scott and Amelia Talbot

In the team round, foursomes of students answer 10 questions in 20 minutes. In the team competition, Chesapeake Public Charter School in St. Mary's County won first place. Northern Middle School in Calvert County placed second. Spring Ridge Middle School in St. Mary's County won third place. The team from General Smallwood Middle School took fourth place and Theodore Davis Middle School took fifth place. Both schools are in Charles County.

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 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 Orlando, FL.

First-place team, Chesapeake Public Charter School. From left, coach Taren Long, team members Derek Nichols, Hannah Torgesen, Annalee Johnson, and Courtney Rosenstadt, and head coach Ayrin Torgesen.

First-place team, Chesapeake Public Charter School

From left, coach Taren Long, team members Derek Nichols, Hannah Torgesen, Annalee Johnson, and Courtney Rosenstadt, and head coach Ayrin Torgesen.

Second-place team, Northern Middle School. From left, team members Nima Talebi, William Rathgeb, Leo Johnson, and Robert Martin, and head coach Carole Butler.

Second-place team, Northern Middle School

From left, team members Nima Talebi, William Rathgeb, Leo Johnson, and Robert Martin, and head coach Carole Butler.

Third-place team, Spring Ridge Middle School. From left, team members Gabriel Cannavo, Holland Henderson-Boyer, Kevin Seo, and Andrew Ng; back row, head coach Thomas Galligan and coach Gary Robinson.

Third-place team, Spring Ridge Middle School

From left, team members Gabriel Cannavo, Holland Henderson-Boyer, Kevin Seo, and Andrew Ng; back row, head coach Thomas Galligan and coach Gary Robinson.