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March 4, 2014 > Local Mathletes advance to state competition

Local Mathletes advance to state competition

Submitted By Geeta Arora

There are several prestigious, challenging Math contests for middle and high school students. The Mathcounts Competition Series is "a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging ÔbeeÕ style contests."

Mathcounts holds annual contests for middle school students, consisting of several rounds: two rounds of individual tests and one round of team tests. The tests include questions about Algebra, Geometry, Probability and Number Theory; problems are a lot harder than those typically seen in school. The top ten to twelve individuals move to the "bee style" Count Down Round. Each school can send up to four team members, who participate as individuals and also as a team, and an additional six individuals. The top few individuals and top few teams are selected to participate in state level competition.

I started a team at Alvarado Middle School (AMS) a couple years ago by word of mouth when my daughter showed interest and potential in competitive Math, and have coached them since then. The students meet weekly and work on various challenging Math concepts and problems. Last year, we were a bunch of mostly 6th graders and some 7th graders. We participated in various Math competitions and did reasonably well for a young team. Our team of four won third place.

This year, with primarily 7th graders and some 8th graders, we're having a great year so far! We participated in the Mathcounts East Bay Chapter competition held at UC Berkeley on February 8, 2014; 16 teams and over 100 individuals participated. Two AMS students Ð Riya Arora and Daphne Pan Ð made it to the top 12 and participated in the Count Down Round. During the prize ceremony, it was announced that Riya Arora made it to the top six, and has been selected to advance to the state level competition as an individual. In addition, the AMS team of Riya Arora, Daphne Pan, Albert Pei and Sanjim Uppal (three 7th graders and one 8th grader) scored third place and also advanced to state level competition (held at Stanford on March 22nd).

Individual participants from AMS Ð Serena Lee, Arshia Deep, Haaris Kadri, Alex Fong, Joshua Liu and Michelle Yi Ð all did extremely well too. Congratulations to all Mathletes!

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