Winners of the state MATHCOUNTS Competition held at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington include: First place, Raymond Suo of Kentucky Country Day coached by Ann Ponniah; second place, Karthik Jetty of Meyzeek Middle School coached by Carol Bridgewater; third place, Lilly Gonzalez of Meyzeek Middle School coached by Carol Bridgewater; and fourth place, Lohith Tummala of Winburn Middle School coached by Tom Cannon.
The four students competed against 154 other sixth- through-eighth-grade “mathletes” from 58 schools around the Commonwealth. Each of the four students was awarded a full-tuition, four-year college scholarship to either the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville. They each also won an expense-paid trip to the National MATHCOUNTS competition in Washington, D.C. on May 7-10 where they will represent the Kentucky for the national title. Each individual will also compete for additional scholarships, a trip to U.S. Space Camp, medals and other awards.
Carol Bridgewater, a teacher at Meyzeek Middle School of Louisville, will coach the Kentucky team. Her team of four students won the first place team position. The remaining top ten students were: Fifth place, Dylan Li of Winburn Middle School coached by Tom Cannon; sixth place, David Vulakh of Tates Creek Middle School coached by Patricia Rowland; seventh place, Jane Hu of Meyzeek Middle School coached by Carol Bridgewater; eighth place, Jason Wang of Beaumont Middle School coached by Amy Arlinghaus; ninth place, William Ding of Winburn Middle School coached by Tom Cannon; and 10th place, Joey Haufe of Anchorage Public School coached by Jan Broyles.
After Meyzeek Middle School’s first place finish in the team category, the remaining top 10 team winners (out of 28 competing teams) were: second place, Winburn Middle School coached by Tom Cannon; third place, Kentucky Country Day School coached by Ann Ponniah; fourth place, Tates Creek Middle School coached by Patricia Rowland; fifth place, Beaumont Middle School coached by Amy Arlinghaus; sixth place, Owensboro Middle School coached by Sarah Sullivan; seventh place, Noe Middle School coached by Stephanie Fields; eighth place, Anderson County Middle School coached by Alex Hunter; ninth place, East Hardin Middle School coached by Chasity Gregory; and 10th place, North Laurel Middle School coached by Linette McPhetridge.
MATHCOUNTS is a national math coaching and competition program designed to develop and strengthen math, science, leadership and teamwork skills. This is the 33rd year for the competition, which was founded in 1983 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Insurance Company, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The mission of MATHCOUNTS is to increase interest and involvement in mathematics among all middle school students in order to assist in developing a technically literate population essential to U.S. global competitiveness and the quality of life.
For more information, visit www.kentuckymathcounts.org or http://mathcounts.org.