29th MATHCOUNTS STATE COMPETITION • PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY • March 10, 2012
MATHCOUNTS is a national mathematics competition for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. In New Hampshire, it is sponsored by the New Hampshire Society of Professional Engineers and the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics.
The state is divided into six regions. The students first compete at their local schools and then at the regional level. The three winning teams from each region, together with top-scoring individuals not represented on those teams, then compete at the state level to determine the four winning individuals who will represent New Hampshire at the national competition in Orlando, Florida on May 11th.
At the state meet, the students compete in three written tests. Based on those results, the 12 top-scoring competitors then compete in the Countdown Round, a fast-paced test in which the questions are projected on a screen and the students have a maximum of 45 seconds in which to answer.
The individual winners who will make up the NH State Team that goes to Orlando, Florida to compete in the National Competition on May 11, 2012 are:
1st Place – Ria Das (Academy for Science & Design) Jennifer Patsos/Nikita Shah
2nd Place - Neha Prasad (Fairgrounds Middle School) Seema Sundara
3rd Place – Nisha Devasia (Academy for Science & Design)
4th Place – Breanna Apple (Hampton Academy) Eileen Lonergan
Seema Sundara, coach of the Fairgrounds School team, will coach the State Team and will accompany the team to the National Competition.
The three winning teams are as follows:
1st Place - Academy of Science & Design
2nd Place - Fairgrounds Middle School
3rd Place – Ross A. Lurgio Middle School
The winners of the Countdown Round are as follows:
1st Place – Nisha Devasia (Academy of Science & Design)
2nd Place – Breanna Apple (Hampton Academy)
3rd Place – Ria Das (Academy of Science & Design)
4th Place – Michael Hong (Cardigan Mountain School)
Dr. Jack Barry, Head of the Mathematics Department, coordinated the activities at Plymouth State University.