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MATHCOUNTS Competition Sends 4 Students To Finals
April 9, 2005

The Virginia MATHCOUNTS championships held Saturday, March 26, at the Dominion Virginia Power Innsbrook facility in metropolitan Richmond has resulted in four students earning a trip to the National Finals, May 5-6 in Detroit, Michigan. The MATHCOUNTS competition is organized by the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE) and is the mathematics version of a spelling bee. This year’s event was sponsored by VSPE, Dominion Virginia Power, Virginia Tech College of Engineering and CORPRINT. Teams of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from 13 different regions across Virginia competed for the opportunity to take part in the national championships. Over 80 students competed in various mathematical problem sessions to determine scores in the competition. The top four scoring individual students make up the Virginia Team at the national competition. They will be coached by the coach of the top scoring team, Jim Bogert, of Rachel Carson Middle School. The 2004 Virginia MATHCOUNTS team members and their schools are:

  1. ChanSeok Oh; Berkeley Middle School, Williamsburg
  2. Eric Bomgardner; Longfellow Middle School, Falls Church
  3. Brian Hamrick, Robert Frost Middle School, Fairfax
  4. Daniel Li, Rachel Carson Middle School, Fairfax

In addition to the top four individual students in the morning sessions that earned a trip to the national competition, awards were made for overall team and top students in the countdown round. Although these awards do not earn the students or teams a trip to the national competition, they are significant just the same. The team award is determined by the sum of the scores of the four team members in the problem sessions. The coach of the top scoring team also becomes the coach of the Virginia national team. The countdown round includes the top 16 students from the morning sessions competing in head to head competition, solving difficult mathematical problems in 45 seconds. The top scoring school teams, the locality where they are located and the school region they represent are:

1. Rachel Carson Middle School, Fairfax, Fairfax
2. Longfellow Middle School, Falls Church, Northern Virginia
3. Manchester Middle School, Chesterfield, Richmond
4. Mark Twain Middle School, Alexandria, George Washington
5. Kemps Landing Magnet School, Virginia Beach, Tidewater
6. Berkeley Middle School, Williamsburg, Peninsula

The top students in the countdown round were:
1. Daniel Li, Rachel Carson Middle School, Fairfax County, Fairfax
2. ChanSeok Oh, Berkeley Middle School, Williamsburg, Peninsula
3. William Minshew, Longfellow Middle School, Falls Church, Northern Virginia
4. Roger Fan, Sutherland Middle School, Charlottesville, Skyline


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