Team MA at the 2015 MATHCOUNTS National Competition – From left, Coach Josh Frost, Jeffrey Chang, Richard Huang, Maxwell Wang, and Nathan Ramesh.
At the 2015 National MATHCOUNTS Competition on May 8 in Boston, Team Massachusetts Mathletes placed 3rd in the nation out of 56 state teams. Additionally, each of our state’s individual ‘Mathletes’ placed in the Top 20 Percent of 224 of the brightest students in the nation, and two of them earned their way into to the final Countdown Round – a fast-paced, one-on-one, elimination style oral contest.
Of the four Massachusetts participants this year, three were 8th graders and will therefore age out of the program next year, and one is a 7th grader who is eligible to participate in MATHCOUNTS next year.
MATHCOUNTS is the premier math enrichment, coaching and competition program in the country for middle school students in grades 6 through 8. In Massachusetts, the program is made possible through the support and leadership of the Massachusetts Society of Professional Engineers (mspe.com)
There are three key MATHCOUNTS programs: The National Math Club, Math Video Challenge, and the Competition Series – each designed to engage middle school students with opportunities to use math, build confidence and enhance their appreciation for math.
John Hayden, MA State Coordinator, explains, “Overall, truly EVERY student has benefited from participating in the MATHCOUNTS program throughout this school year. I am very proud of the effort and accomplishments of the teachers, coaches, and student mathletes from each of the 121 middle schools who participated this year.”
Middle schools in Massachusetts are invited and encouraged to participate in these valuable programs. Resources are available for Math Coaches. Contact John J. Hayden, PE, Massachusetts State MATHCOUNTS Coordinator at 781-221-1198.