Alaska students to compete in national math competition

Posted: Sunday, April 26, 2009

A team of four Alaska mathletes and their coach will represent Alaska at the Mathcounts National Competition on May 8 in in Orlando, Fla. One student is from Juneau.

Courtesy Of Linda Taylor
Courtesy Of Linda Taylor

Sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers and Raytheon, the competition will feature the top four individuals from the recent state Mathcounts Competition, which was held March 21 at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau.

This year's Alaska coach is John Bruce, of Romig Middle School in Anchorage. The students will be Romig Middle School students Bennett Omodio (first place), Byung Kim (second place) and Anna Clink (third place), and Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School's Kevin Sigler (fourth place). There were six teams, and a total of 34 students competing in the statewide competition.

Each team member or individual has trained since the fall and competed in local and state tournaments to earn their spot on the state team and win an all-expense-paid trip to Orlando, Fla. In Orlando they will compete both as a team and individually for the chance to win medals, trophies and college scholarships. In order to be successful, they will have to best teams from all 50 states, U.S. territories, the District of Columbia, and Department of Defense and State Department affiliated schools.

The top teams from the 2009 State Competition were: first place team - Romig Middle School Anchorage Chapter, coached by John Bruce; second place team - Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School Southeast Chapter, coached by Dawn Momblow; third place team - Homer Middle School Anchorage Chapter, coached by Sara Reinert; and fourth place team - Tanana Middle School Fairbanks Chapter, coached by Joanne Gilman.

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