A team from Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School won the MathCounts Northwest Region of Vermont competition for the eighth consecutive year. Coordinated by the University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and the Vermont Society of Professional Engineers, the Feb. 16 competition featured teams from 12 Vermont schools who competed, individually and in teams. The subjects for the written and fast-paced oral matches included probability, statistics, algebra, and polynomials.
Tuttle students Saksham Bhardwaj, Simon Cafiero, Norzin Mentsang, and Hammad Ali placed in the top 12 overall along with Trent Biaza and Harrison Chamberlain. Along with James Clancy, these students qualify for the state championship, which will be held Mar. 9 at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph. There, the team will compete for their seventh consecutive state win.
MathCounts is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program of the National Society of Professional Engineers. It promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests. In its 36th year, Vermont MathCounts encourages students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM), and reaches approximately 500 middle school students throughout the state.
“MathCounts is tough and challenging and interesting. It’s fun to discover new ways of solving a problem faster,” says Tuttle sixth-grader Siddhant Nazre.
On hand for the recent competition was John Radimer, FHTMS MathCounts coach and UVM professor Joe Kudrle, who is the MathCounts Northwest Regional and State Coordinator.