Local middle school students earn third at state math contest

Posted: Sunday, April 18, 2010

JUNEAU - A team of Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School mathletes won the Southeast Regional Mathcounts Competition in February and traveled to Anchorage for the State Mathcounts Competition on March 20 - winning third.

Courtesy Of Linda Taylor
Courtesy Of Linda Taylor

The team was comprised of Stephen Mell, Ruby Steedle, Seth Bodine and Alex Kirchoff.

In addition, Soren Thompson, from Dzantik'I Heeni, and Jamie Barnhill, from Floyd Dryden Middle School, competed as individuals. Ruby Steedle placed fourth overall and won a place on the Alaska team going to the Nationals Mathcounts competition in Orlando on May 7 and 8.

Also, Steedle placed second in the fast-paced oral Countdown Round where the top 10 students square off against one another in a timed contest to solve math problems.

"Good luck in Orlando to Ruby Steedle at Nationals," said Southeast coordinator Douglas Murray.

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.

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 competitions are organized by the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers.

For more information about Mathcounts, contact Murray at 780-6151.

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