Thursday March 31, 2016
The Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School (FHTMS) MATHCOUNTS team won the state championship held recently at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. Team members Victoria Chang, Kelly Xu, Cindy Yang, and Ragulan Sivakumar participated at the event with the support of their coaches John Radimer and Kailey Yang. This is the sixth time in the last eight years that FHTMS has won the state championship.
The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a nonprofit organization that strives to engage middle school students of all ability and interest levels in fun, challenging math programs, in order to expand their academic and professional opportunities. The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series engages students in exciting, “bee-style” contests in which they compete against and alongside other bright, motivated students. At the local, state and national level, students win scholarships and prizes every year.
According to Joe Kudrle, Senior Lecturer at the University of Vermont and MATHCOUNTS State Coordinator, MATHCOUNTS tries to capture that mathematics, and general problem solving, should be something that is fun and exciting to do. He adds, “The best moment from the state competition was during the countdown round bracket matches, when two competing students gave each other a high-five when one of the students answered a question correctly, forcing a tie-breaker . . . they were just so excited to continue having a chance to solve more problems. It was awesome!”
In addition to the FHTMS MATHCOUNTS team win, Cindy Yang made the final four in the countdown round and received the presenter’s award. For the third time, Ragulan Sivakumar won the MATHCOUNTS individual championship. Along with his coach John Radimer, he will travel to the national competition held in Washington D.C. May 7-10.