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Mathletes compete in regional contest

Posted: March 3, 2013 - 1:01am
These middle school mathletes will be heading to state, held in Juneau March 30.  Courtesy Photo
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These middle school mathletes will be heading to state, held in Juneau March 30.

A team of middle school Mathletes from Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School won the Southeast Regional MATHCOUNTS Competition held in Juneau on Feb. 9. Alaska MATHCOUNTS competitions are organized by the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers.

A total of 20 students from the two middle schools competed in the MATHCOUNTS Regional Competition. The two schools from the Juneau area were DHMS and Floyd Dryden Middle School. Each school had one official team of four students participating and, in addition, the two Schools brought six additional students competing as official individuals and six unofficial students. 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 DHMS coached by Mary Borthwick are Aiden Seid (1st Place Individual), Tim McKenna (3nd Place Individual), Trevor Perov and Brysen Mitchell. The team will now advance to the State Competition, to be held in Juneau on March 30.

In addition to the top team, the top 2 individuals not on the qualifying team will advance to the State Competition. Those individuals are: Laura Barnhill (2nd Place Individual) and Kyle Farley-Robinson (4th Place Individual) both students are from FDMS.

The second place team from FDMS was coached by Kirstie Dye and Laura Scholes. Team members were Laura Barnhill, Kayla Simpson, Meg Kurland & Jenna Travers.

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 local sponsors, including Alaska Energy Engineering, LLC, DOWL HKM, Haight & Associates, Inc., Jensen Yorba Lott, Inc., MRV Architects, Modern Mechanical, Morris Engineering Group, Murray & Associates, P. C., NorthWind Architects, LLC, PND Engineering Inc., R & M Engineering - Ketchikan, Tetra Tech Inc., USKH, Inc. and Wilson Engineering Inc. Leadership is provided by members of the Alaska Engineering Education Foundation and the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers. Southeast MATHCOUNTS would also like to thank Juneau-Douglas High School Math Teacher Steve Potter, for being our sponsor at JDHS.

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

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