Moving up in MATHCOUNTS

Moving up in MATHCOUNTS

More than 100 middle school students from 17 schools solved math challenges in last Saturday’s Frederick Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition at Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle School. MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school program to promote mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests.

In addition to students from Frederick County public middle schools who competed on January 6 in the county-level MATHCOUNTS Open, students from the following schools participated in the February 10 Frederick Chapter-level competition: Frederick Christian Homeschoolers, students from the Maryland School for the Deaf, and students from Carroll County’s Oklahoma Road Middle and Sykesville Middle competed. Students whose teams placed in the top four or who achieved the highest ranking individual competition scores in chapter competition are among those advancing to state competition on Saturday, March 17 at Johns Hopkins University.

The Urbana Middle team placed first, with students Jonathan Chen, Leon Jia, Bach Ngo and Abhi Senthilkumar (coaches David Erb and Sarah Frank) moving on the state-level competition. Three other teams qualified for state-level competition. They are Gov. TJ Middle, placing second with students Basil Chang, Ryan Mogar, Angelica Ramos and Steven Xu (coaches Joe Daly and Ashley Lancaster); Windsor Knolls Middle, placing third with students Connor Cunnane, Julian Espino, Humza Husain and Kevin Zhang (coach Amy Heaton); and Frederick Christian Homeschoolers (FCH) placing fourth with students Abby Esh, Rebecca Keifer, Curt McGovern and Trevor Stepp (coaches David Esh and Frank Kelly).

In chapter-level competition, each school is limited to a team of four students plus six students competing as individuals. The following students who were not on teams ranked high enough in individual rounds to advance to state competition: Ray Wang (Monocacy), Elizabeth Stebner (Oklahoma Road), Zhana Ivanova (Gov TJ), Kyle Walker (New Market), Lorris Nzouakeu (Ballenger Creek), Natalie Galvin (West Frederick), Sanghyeok Kang (Sykesville), Alex Zheng (Urbana), Bradley Morhiser (Walkersville), Travis Moody (Ballenger Creek), Alex Kullgren (New Market), Amaar Trisal (Urbana), Mason Loeffler (Brunswick), Sujal Umrikar (Urbana), Jacob Demory (Oakdale), Jack Schmiel (Middletown), Azhan Zafar (Urbana), Emma Chang (Oakdale), Maya Brown (Walkersville) tied with Charles Bai (Urbana), David Barreno (Walkersville), Shiv Anderson (Oakdale) and Caleb Shullenbarger (Brunswick).

There were three official rounds in the chapter competition. The top 16 students also competed in an unofficial head-to-head “lightning round” bracket with Leon Jia (Urbana) placing 1st, Ray Wang (Monocacy) placing 2nd and Bach Ngo (Urbana) placing 3rd.

“At local middle schools these competitions are the culmination of before- and afterschool clubs that have met for months with the help of highly dedicated teachers who want to see our nation’s math achievement reach number one,” says TJ Middle MATHCOUNTS Coach Joe Daly. 

The Frederick Chapter of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers organized the Frederick Chapter event and joined the MATHCOUNTS Foundation in supplyng awards and prizes. Wegmans of Frederick and Terra Solutions Engineering donated food.

The top four individuals in state competition will move on to national competition in Washington, DC in May.  For more information, visit https://www.mathcounts.org/