On Wednesday, February 7, the Middle School MATHCOUNTS team placed second in its regional competition and advanced to the State Tournament. The members of the winning team are Jack Hlavka '22, Spencer Burris-Brown '22, Alex Moore '22, and Michael Goodman '23. This is SPA's fifth year in a row qualifying for state competition as a team; SPA students also competed individually and in that competition, Jack and Spencer qualified for State as individuals by placing second and fourth, respectively.
The MATHCOUNTS Competition is a national program that provides students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to compete in live, in-person mathematical contests against and alongside their peers. Each competition has four rounds—Sprint, Target, Team, and Countdown Round:
- Sprint Round: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have 40 minutes to complete 30 math problems without a calculator.
- Target Round: focuses on problem-solving and mathematical reasoning. Students receive 4 pairs of problems and have 6 minutes to complete each pair, assuming the use of a calculator.
- Team Round: focuses on problem-solving and collaboration. Students have 20 minutes to complete 10 math problems, assuming the use of a calculator.
- Countdown Round: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have a maximum of 45 seconds per problem without a calculator.
Congratulations to all 10 students who competed in the regional competition and good luck to those advancing to State!