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ASD students take honors at math competition


Students Win Anchorage Chapter Math Competition


ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A team of middle school Mathletes® from Romig Middle School, Anchorage won the local MATHCOUNTS competition held at the University of Alaska Anchorage- School of Engineering sponsored. The top individual was Johnie Burton from Palmer Homeschool. Drake Thomas of Kenai Middle School and Ina Flood of Romig Middle School placed second and third respectively.

Members of Romig's winning team were: Ina Flood, Allison Haynes, Tara DeGeorge, and Mia Keyser, coached by John Bruce.

The second and third place teams are from Goldenview Middle School of Anchorage and Kenai Middle School, respectively.

The top three teams (listed above) and the top three individuals not on a winning team (Johnie Burton of Palmer Homeschool, Ray Harren and Camille Heubner both of Romig Middle School) will advance to the State Competition, to be held this year in Anchorage on March 31st.

The State Competition will also include the winning teams and individuals from the other three chapters: Fairbanks, Juneau, and Remote.

The top four individuals from the State Competition will represent Alaska at the 2012 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando, Florida, May 11.

MATHCOUNTS is a national program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students. The program focuses on middle school students, who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability. 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 medical, scientific, mathematical, engineering, or technical career. More than 6 million students across the U.S. have participated in the MATHCOUNTS program.

This year, nine middle schools, two elementary schools, and two home schools competed.

 New schools this year were Kenai Middle School, Rilke Schule German Immersion School of Anchorage, and Turnagain Elementary School of Anchorage. The Anchorage Chapter competition included schools from Anchorage, Kenai, Palmer, and Homer.

The local 2011/12 program major sponsors are AMC Engineers, Anchorage Post, SAME Engineers, BBFM Engineers Inc., BP, ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc., Davis Constructors, Hattenburg, Dilley & Linnell Engineers, HDR Alaska, Inc., Kurt and Linda Hulteen, Lounsbury & Associates, R&M Consultants, RSA Engineering, Inc., UAA School of Engineering, and the Alaska Engineering Education Foundation (AEEF). The cost of the program is funded entirely through donations.

Leadership, administration, and funds for travel of the local MATHCOUNTS program is provided by members of the Anchorage Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers (ASPE).

Founding Sponsors of MATHCOUNTS are the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the CNA Foundation.

National Sponsors include Raytheon Company, Department of Defense, Northrop Grumman Foundation, The National Society of Professional Engineers, ConocoPhillips, The CNA Foundation, Texas Instruments Inc., ThinkFun, Inc., and 3M.

Additional information on MATHCOUNTS is available at http://www.mathcounts.org.

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