Four Middle School mathematicians have qualified to compete at the Minnesota State MATHCOUNTS competition. The team of eighth-graders Jack Gao, Kaya Cayci, Pete Hovan, and Eric Zhang took third place in their chapter competition on Wednesday, February 7, earning the right to advance to the state competition on March 8-9.
The MATHCOUNTS competition is a national program that provides students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to compete in mathematical contests against and alongside their peers. This year, the MATHCOUNTS competition consisted of three rounds of written questions:
- The Sprint Round consists of 30 questions in 40 minutes, completed individually with no calculator.
- The Target Round consists of 4 pairs of 2 questions each, with 6 minutes per pair completed individually, calculator allowed.
- The Team Round consists of 10 questions in 20 minutes completed by the team of 4, calculator allowed.
There are seven other members of the MATHCOUNTS team: sixth-graders Zayan Kizilbash, Anh-Na Le, Diya Verma, and Vicente Wong-Busse, seventh-graders Everest Anderson and Auden Zheng, and eighth-grader De-An Chen.
"I am proud of how the students competed on Wednesday," says Borovksy, "They tackled some challenging problems individually and as a team and I enjoyed watching them participate in an engineering challenge created by students at Inver Hills Community College! I am excited to see how they perform at State!"
Congratulations to all our MATHCOUNTS students and best of luck at State!