"Mathletes" compete in regional math competition

Middle school mathletes pose with a MATHCOUNTS coach.

A team of middle school mathletes from Dzantik’I Heeni Middle School won the Southeast Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition held on Feb. 11. MATHCOUNTS competitions are organized by the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers.


A total of 24 students from two middle schools competed in the MATHCOUNTS Regional Competition. The two schools were Dzantik’I Heeni Middle School and Floyd Dryden Middle School. Each school had an official team of four students participating and, in addition, the two schools brought 10 additional students competing as official individuals and four as unofficial individuals. Only official contestants are eligible for the state competition.

Teachers, coaches and students have been preparing for the competition since early fall. Students competed in written and fast-paced oral matches in subjects which include algebra, probability, statistics and geometry. Winners received prizes and trophies.

Members of the winning team from Dzantik’I Heeni Middle School coached by Tina Pasteris are: James Cheng (first place individual), Soren Thomspon (second place individual), Corbin Mitchell and Martina Worden. The team will now advance to the state competition, to be held in Anchorage on March 31.

In addition to the top team, the top two individuals not on the qualifying team will advance to the state competition. Those individuals are: Tim McKenna (third place individual) and Ryan Frawley (fourth place individual) both students are from Dzantik’I Heeni Middle School.

The second place team from Floyd Dryden Middle School was coached by Carol May. Team members were Laura Barnhill, Michael Kahklen, Max Suzuki and Ashlee Carella.

MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students. Sponsors target sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability.

MATHCOUNTS is a volunteer non-profit organization. Our national sponsors cover expenses at the national competition, but all state and chapter competition expenses are funded locally. The costs of promoting academic excellence are considerable and none of this is possible without the generous support of our local sponsors, who include Carson/Dorn, Dowl HKM, Haight & Associates, Jensen Yorba Lott, MRV Architects, Morris Engineering Group, Murray & Associates, P. C., NorthWind Architects, PND Engineering, R & M Engineering - Ketchikan, Tetra Tech, and Wilson Engineering Inc. Leadership is provided by members of the Alaska Engineering Education Foundation and the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers.

Douglas Murray would like to wish the competing mathletes good luck in Anchorage.

For information concerning MATHCOUNTS, please contact Douglas Murray, P.E., Southeast Alaska MATHCOUNTS Coordinator, at 780-6151.


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