March 18 was an amazing day for the Nueva MathCounts team, who took place 5th place at the NorCal State MathCounts Competition held at Stanford. The team competed against approximately two hundred students from nearly thirty teams.
In the Written Round, Jack A. and Pascal D. finished second and eighth, respectively, and Jack’s second place finish qualified him for the MathCounts National Championship in Orlando, Florida, May 14–15.
This was an outstanding finish for Nueva Mathletes. According to MathCounts coach Steven Chanan, “This is the first time in my twelve years at Nueva that the team has finished as high as fifth at the state championship, and it’s the first time we’re sending someone to nationals!”
Finishing in the top sixteen qualified Jack and Pascal to participate in the countdown round, a fast-paced oral competition where pairs of Mathletes compete against each other and the clock to solve problems without calculators. Jack won the countdown round, and was also recognized as the top seventh grader for the entire championship.
MathCounts is a nationwide middle school math competition intended to excite students throughout the country who enjoy math. Roughly forty thousand students take part in the program annually, challenging themselves with subject matter ranging across number theory, combinatorics, probability, algebra, and geometry.
MathCounts at Nueva is an afterschool club open to any middle school student interested in doing fun, challenging problems in a team environment. The club meets Thursdays after school and this year was coached by Steven, Lissie McAlvey, and Carolyn Gray. Nueva’s MathCounts state team consisted of eighth grader Ishir G. and seventh graders Pascal D., Andrew C., and Jack A. At the state competition, they were joined by eighth grader Elliot C., whose individual performance at the regional competition qualified him to advance to the state round.
Steven said, “It has been inspiring this year to see the broad diversity of the 25–35 students who attend Nueva MathCounts after school from week to week. We’ve had a fantastic year in terms of the team’s competitive success, and in true Nueva fashion it has also been a fantastic year for the club. Our students themselves have very successfully created a welcoming and fun atmosphere for all who participate.”
March 31, 2017