Brightest Young Math Students Win State MATHCOUNTS Competition; National Competition is May 8-9

Our state’s brightest young math students gathered on Saturday, March 5 for the

2016 MA State MATHCOUNTS Winners

Massachusetts State MATHCOUNTS Competition, and four of them — two girls and two boys, out of 136 students representing 36 Massachusetts middle schools — emerged as State Champions.  This accomplishment earned each winner a full four-year scholarship to Wentworth University, as well as the coveted opportunity to represent our state at the National MATHCOUNTS Competition on May 7-10 in Washington, DC.

2016-State-Team-Competition-PicThe State Competition was intense, as the students competed via written exam in the subjects of algebra, probability, statistics and geometry.  They also experienced a simulated (non-scored) version of the Countdown Round, the fast-paced oral competition that follows the written contest at the National MATHCOUNTS competition in May.

These four students will represent Massachusetts at the 2016 National MATHCOUNTS Competition:  Benjamin Epstein (First place) from Jonas Clarke Middle School in Lexington MA, coached by Josh Frost; Angelina Zhang (Second place) from Dover-Sherborn Middle School in Dover, MA, coached by Olive Woodward; Srinivasan Sathiamurthy (Third place), from Jonas Clarke Middle School; and Janabel Xia (Fourth place), from Jonas Clarke Middle School.

Joshua Frost from Clarke Middle School in Lexington, MA will once again serve as the Coach for Team Massachusetts.  The students are now holding multiple practices per week as they prepare to compete against their peers from across the nation in May.

How to Tune in to View the Live National Competition:
Tune in to ESPN2 on Monday, May 9 to see the live broadcast of the Countdown Round.  Visit the national MATHCOUNTS website, www.mathcounts.org, for the exact schedule and links to view the broadcast or webcast.
More than 900 Students Benefited from Massachusetts MATHCOUNTS this Year
MATHCOUNTS is a state and national program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement to inspire the next generation of innovators and technologists.  Now in its 33rd year, Massachusetts MATHCOUNTS provided challenge and excitement for more than 900 students from 120 participating middle schools in 2015-16.  Six recent chapter-level MATHCOUNTS competitions whittled the field to the 136 students who advanced to the State Competition in March.

Sponsors are Always Needed
MATHCOUNTS is a non-profit organization run entirely by local volunteers and sponsors. Massachusetts MATHCOUNTS is made possible primarily through the local leadership and support of the Massachusetts Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE.com).  Individual or corporate donors/sponsors are always needed to defray the costs of maintaining this critical program – including feeding and hosting Team Massachusetts at the national competition.  The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a 501(c)3 org and all donations are tax deductible.

For more information on the program or sponsorship opportunities, contact John J. Hayden, P.E., Massachusetts MATHCOUNTS Coordinator at 781-221-1198, or visit mspe.com/mathcounts.

These 10 schools comprised the Top 40% of Winning Teams:

From the Metro Chapter:
Jonas Clarke Middle School (Coach: Josh Frost)
McCall Middle School (Coach: Larry Farelli)
William Diamond Middle School (Coach: Kent Findell)

From the Metrowest Chapter:
R.J. Grey Junior High School (Coach: Phil Stameris)
Dover-Sherborn Middle School (Coach: Olive Woodward)
Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School (Coach: David Peters)

From the Northeast Chapter:
Weston Middle School (Coach: David Poras)
West Middle School (Coach: Sudha Thimmaraju)
Doherty Middle School  (Coach: Wenhua Shi)
The Pike School  (Coach: Karen Latham)

From the Central Chapter
Robert E. Melican Middle School (Coach: Wan Yik Lee)