MATHCOUNTS Winners Head to State Competition

Tomorrow thirteen Calvert County middle school students will travel to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for the statewide MATHCOUNTS competition.

These students qualified for the state contest last month by demonstrating their mathematical prowess during the tri-county Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) MATHCOUNTS competition. Over 230 students from 24 middle schools throughout Southern Maryland spent over four hours working in individual speed rounds, team rounds, and an exciting single-elimination tournament. Along the way, they solved challenging problems in algebra, geometry, combinatorics, number theory, functions, statistics and probability.

The team from Northern Middle, coached by Carole Butler, qualified for the state contest with a second place finish. The team is comprised of Leo Johnson, Robert Martin, William Rathgeb and Nima Talebi.

The students who qualified as individuals are Ryan Parker from Calvert Middle; Isabel Bateman and Jade Durham from Northern Middle; Josh Ronn and Thomas Foulkes from Plum Point Middle; Kyle Wojciechowski from Southern Middle; and Bradley LeFever, Joseph Munley, and Owen Reed from Windy Hill Middle.

The top four individual competitors from each state competition receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the national competition in Orlando, Florida, in May.