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North Laurel Middle School wins Regional MathCounts competition, advances to state

North Laurel Middle School dominated the 2010 MathCounts competition held on the Somerset Community College Somerset Campus North on Saturday, Feb. 20. North Laurel Middle School finished in first place, while McCreary County Middle School took home second. Both schools will advance to the statewide MathCounts event to be held March 19 and 20 at the Galt House in Louisville.

The winning North Laurel Middle School team members are: Pooja Kanthawar, Kathryn Wilkerson, Elizabeth Harrison, and Elaina McPhetridge. Other NLMS students competing in the Regional MathCounts event are: Linette McPhetridge, Ray Hays, and Tasha Sturgill.

NLMSs Pooja Kanthawar was the top ranking individual student, while NLMSs Kathryn Wilkerson finished second in the individual competition. Kanthawar was awarded a $500 scholarship to attend SCC.

The McCreary County Middle School team members are: Johnathan Yancey, Evan Jones, McKayla Hamlin, and Dallas Shook. Other MCMS students taking part in the Regional MathCounts event are: Tamra Hayes, Johnna Soard, Caitlin King, and Jacob Ball.

MCMSs Johnathan Yancey finished third in the individual event, McKayla Hamlin took home fourth and Caitlyn King finished fifth.

Third place in the team competition went to Corbin Middle School. The team members are: Andrew Reedy and Russ Tolliver.

CMSs Russ Tolliver finished sixth in the individual event and Dallas Shook finished seventh.

The team from Monticello Independent Middle School finished in fourth place. Team members are Alia Barrier, Brianna Hoover, Trajan Smith, Caleb Rose, Emily Bertram, Monica Gehring, Zack Massengale, and Kaylynn Davis.

Caitlyn King of McCreary County Middle School and Russ Tolliver of Corbin Middle School will be advancing to the State MathCounts event in the individual events.

Virginia Metcalf, an Assistant Professor in the Math and Natural Sciences Division at the SCC Laurel Campus North, coordinated the event. Metcalf said that MathCounts is a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program.

MathCounts participants are Mathletes. Metcalf explained. While there are plenty of opportunities for athletes to earn recognition, there are very few opportunities for students who excel in math to win awards and be recognized.

MathCounts includes two areas of individual competition. The first is a Countdown Round in which each participant goes head to head with a competitor. The second portion of the individual challenge in MathCounts is the written test.

The objective of MathCounts is to secure America's global competitiveness, MATHCOUNTS inspires excellence, confidence and curiosity in U.S. middle school students through fun and challenging math programs. With the generous support of all MATHCOUNTS sponsors and volunteers, and leadership of the National Society of Professional Engineers at the local and state levels, MATHCOUNTS is providing todays students with the foundation for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.

The following members of the SCC faculty and staff volunteered their time to assist with the Regional MathCounts event: Virginia Metcalf, Judy Covey, Roger Angevine, Xia Zhiming, David Behrman, Eric Deaton, Arthur Dawson, Martha Deitz, Gail Stringer, John Wells, Debra House, Anita Walker, Loris Sherman, Gary Sherman, Roger Osborne, Cecilia Ramilo, Anthony Armstrong, Tom Gaskin, Clinton Hayes, Buford Howard, Jackson Jeffery, George Omwenga, and Md J Karim.

The 2010 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition will be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.

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