The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program
"Consisting of fun and creative problems that promote critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, the MATHCOUNTS competitions have written and oral rounds, as well as individual and team components. Though challenging and non-routine, the competition problems focus on the 6th through 8th grade standards of the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics."
On February 5, the EMS MathCounts team participated in the Bergen area competition. A report from Ms. Liz Snyder, math department chair, teacher and MathCounts sponsor:
MathCounts seemed to last forever, but EMS did well. There were 230 competitors -- a record number.
Our team, seventh graders Joey DeRose, Justin Trout, David Yan and Chiho Im, came in third place! The second place team only beat us by one point.
Chiho was in first place for individuals after the written portion of the contest. He then advanced to the Countdown Round with the other top ten competitors. After that round, he finished second overall, and will advance to the State Competition.
The students seemed to enjoy themselves (as much as possible while taking hours of math tests, then waiting around for the results in a hotel on a rainy day!)
Congratulations to all!