The Connecticut state final was held on Saturday March 9th.
Four members of the Middlebrook Math Counts Club competed in the 2019 State Competition at the University of Hartford on March 9. The following students participated in the competition: Connie Gao (8G), Gayathri Kaimal (8Y), Lukas Koutsoukos (8Y), and Sean Ming (8G). We had a good day of competition and were enlightened about some of the mathematical theories that currently explain our universe by a professor of physics from Wesleyan University.
In the team competition, Middlebrook earned the tenth spot for our second year in a row. In the individual competition, Sean earned the top spot from Middlebrook and placed eleventh in the state.
The top sixteen competitors faced off in a single-elimination tournament in front of a crowd of several hundred people. Sean was victorious in the first round, but fell short in the “elite eight” round. The coaches (Mrs. Julianne Walsh and Mr. Stephen Doré) would like to thank all the members of the Math Counts Club for their efforts over the course of the school year. We will continue to hold meetings up until April 10th.
The competition is organized by the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers, hosted by the University of Hartford and sponsored by businesses, organizations and individuals throughout Connecticut. In our increasingly technological society, those students who do not begin developing strong problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life if they wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. As the only nationwide math enrichment, club and competition program designed to improve math skills for U.S. middle school students, MATHCOUNTS prepares students for future career opportunities and success. More than 6 million students across the U.S. have participated in MATHCOUNTS programs. Further information can be found on the MATHCOUNTS website.