MMI Student Advances In PA Mathcounts State Competition
MATHCOUNTS COMPETITORS-Ten MMI Preparatory School students recently competed in a regional MATHCOUNTS Competition Series event. The competition is designed to empower middle school students to reach their full potential talent in mathematics by taking part in a one-of-a-kind competition consisting of a series of in-person contests. Pictured are, first row, from left: Samantha Sparich, Natalie Graham, Hiba Muhammad, Elizabeth O’Donnell and Rachael Betz. Second row: Alistair Plotnick, Connor Spencer, Louis DeAngelo and Benjamin Zhao. Missing from photo are: student Kevin McNulty and MATHCOUNTS adviser Susan Moyer.

MMI Preparatory School eighth-grade student Louis DeAngelo advanced to the MATHCOUNTS state competition after posting the second highest individual score and finishing third in the Countdown Round.

Alistair Plotnick, Connor Spencer, Elizabeth O’Donnell, Rachael Betz, Benjamin Zhao, Hiba Muhammad. Samantha Sparich, Kevin McNulty and Natalie Graham also competed on MMI’s MATHCOUNTS team.

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is designed to cultivate talent in the nation’s brightest young minds by bringing together students from all 50 states in a one-of-a-kind competition consisting of a series of in-person contests.

The Competition Series, which was created in 1983, is the longest-running MATHCOUNTS program and is open to all sixth-, seventh-and eighth-grade students. The competition is comprised of four rounds—Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown Round. Altogether the rounds are designed to take about three hours to complete.

In the Sprint Round, which focuses on speed and accuracy, students have 40 minutes to complete 30 math problems without a calculator. During the Countdown Round, which focuses on speed and accuracy, students have a maximum of 45 seconds to complete each problem without a calculator. In the Target Round, which focuses on problem-solving and mathematical reasoning, students receive four pairs of problems and have six minutes to complete each pair, assuming the use of a calculator. In the Team Round, which focuses on problem-solving and collaboration, four students on a school’s team have 20 minutes to complete 10 math problems, assuming the use of a calculator.

The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides engaging math programs to U. S. middle school students of all ability levels in order to build confidence and improve attitudes towards math and problem solving. Through three distinct programs, MATHCOUNTS empowers middle school students of all ability levels and backgrounds to reach their full potential in mathematics.

Competitors included the following local residents: Alistair Plotnick, son of Dr. Eric Plotnick and Dr. Susan Snyder, Mountaintop; Connor Spencer, son of Christina and Christopher Spencer, Mountaintop; Benjamin Zhao, son of Haifeng Zhao and Dr. Jin Mao, Mountaintop; and Hiba Muhammad, daughter of Ikram and Alia Muhammad, Mountaintop.