Mathletes to compete at regionals

Posted: Friday, February 14, 2003

Middle school mathletes from Southeast Alaska schools will compete in regional contests of the national Mathcounts program on Feb. 15 in Juneau and Ketchikan. The competitions have been organized by the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers.

Sixteen students from three schools will compete. Two schools from the Juneau area, Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, and Floyd Dryden Middle School, and Schoenbar Middle School from Ketchikan are participating. Each school has one team of four students participating and in addition, Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School has four students competing as individuals.

Teachers and students have been preparing for the competition since early fall. Students will compete in written and fast-paced oral matches in subjects which include algebra, probability, statistics and geometry.

The Final Countdown Round is open to the Public and will be held in the Harborview Library (Marie Drake Building) around noon. Winners will receive prizes and trophies, and will advance to the state Mathcounts finals, to be held in Fairbanks on March 15.

Last year Mary Borthwick's team from Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School took first place in Southeast and State Mathcounts competitions. In June 2002, Borthwick took two students from that team with two others from Anchorage to Chicago for the National Mathcounts Competition.

Mathcounts is a nationwide program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students. Sponsors target 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability.

Mathcounts is a volunteer non-profit organization. National sponsors cover expenses at the national competition, but all State and Chapter competition expenses are funded locally. Alaska Mathcounts is now funded as a major element of the Alaska Engineering Education Foundation (AEEF), which was prepared during early 1998 to facilitate a wide variety of Alaskan engineering community charitable functions. The costs of promoting academic excellence are considerable and none of this is possible without the generous support of our local sponsors.

Local sponsors include Carson Dorn, Inc., Coastwise Engineering, Electric Power Systems, Gorman Engineers, Haight & Associates, Hansen Engineering, LLC., Leonard P. Lowell & Associates, Minch Ritter Voelckers Architects, Murray & Associates, P.C., Peratrovich Nottingham & Drage, Inc., R & M Engineering - Juneau, Inc., R & M Engineering - Ketchikan, Inc., and USKH.

If anyone would like any information concerning Mathcounts , please contact Douglas H. Murray, P.E., Southeast Alaska Mathcounts Coordinator, at 780-6151.

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