Students compete in regional math contest

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2008

JUNEAU - A team of middle school mathletes from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School won the Southeast Regional Mathcounts Competition held Feb. 9 at Juneau-Douglas High School. Mathcounts competitions are organized by the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers.

Courtesy Of Doug Murray
Courtesy Of Doug Murray

A total of 30 students from three middle schools - Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, Floyd Dryden Middle School and the Montessori Borealis Adolescent Program - competed in the Mathcounts Regional Competition.

Each school had one official team of four students participating and in addition, Dzantik'i Heeni and Floyd Dryden brought 18 additional students competing as official and 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, coached by Dawn Momblow, are Ian Andrews (first place individual), Zeb Bodine (third place individual), Savanna Desatoff (fifth place individual) and Fiona Brown (seventh place individual). The team will now advance to the state competition, to be held March 29 in Anchorage.

In addition to the top team, the top two individuals - Lenka Craigova (second place individual) from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School and Ethan Roemeling (fourth place individual) from Floyd Dryden Middle School - not on the qualifying team will advance to the state competition.

The second place team from Floyd Dryden Middle School was coached by Mary Borthwick and the third place team from Montessori Borealis Adolescent Program was coached by Gretchen Bishop.

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. It's national sponsors cover expenses at the national competition, but all state and chapter competition expenses are funded locally. Local sponsors include B2 Engineering, Carson Dorn Inc., Gorman Engineers, Haight & Associates Inc., Hansen Engineering, Jensen Yorba Lott Inc., MRV Architects, Murray & Associates P.C., PND Engineering Inc., R&M Engineering, Rich Conneen Architects, Donald R. Beard - Tetra Tech/KCM Inc., Dowl LLC/Toner-Nordling & Associates Inc., and Wilson Engineering. Leadership is provided by members of the Alaska Engineering Education Foundation and the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers.

For more information on Mathcounts, contact Douglas Murray, P.E., Southeast Alaska Mathcounts coordinator, at 780-6151.



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