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Area teams place tops at MATHCOUNTS

2/7/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The 30th annual Akron area MATHCOUNTS competition took place Feb. 2 at The University of Akron Student Union.

Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students from 12 area middle schools in Summit, Medina and Portage counties competed; in the West Side Leader’s coverage area, those schools included Copley-Fairlawn and Revere middle schools, Old Trail School (OTS), St. Sebastian School and St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School.

In team competition, Copley-Fairlawn, with team members Kevin Du, Jae Jeong, Pranav Muthigi and Georgia Shay, took first place. The team is coached by Jill Jones. The Revere team, with members Jason Fan, Joe Garcia, David Kuo and Joel Niemi, took second place. The team is coached by Lori Weigand. And the OTS team, coached by Cheryl Baker and including team members Luke Armao, Ozan Ergungor, Matthew Groll and Duncan Ostrom, took third place.

West Side Leader coverage area students placed in individual competition as follows:

• Written exam

√ Pranav Muthigi, Copley-Fairlawn, first place;

√ Georgia Shay, Copley-Fairlawn, second place;

√ Kevin Du, Copley-Fairlawn, third place;

√ Joel Niemi, Revere, sixth place;

√ Jae Jeong, Copley-Fairlawn, seventh place;

√ David Kuo, Revere, ninth place; and

√ Jason Fan, Revere, 11th place.

• Countdown (oral) round

√ Pranav Muthigi, Copley-Fairlawn, first place;

√ Kevin Du, Copley-Fairlawn, second place;

√ Georgia Shay, Copley-Fairlawn, third place; and

√ Joel Niemi, Revere, fourth place.

The top 12 teams and top four individuals not on those teams will progress to the state MATHCOUNTS competition taking place March 9 in Columbus. Four top individuals from the state competition will go to national competition in Washington, D.C., May 10.

MATHCOUNTS is a national program dedicated to increasing the level of mathematics achievement and prestige among students in anticipation they will select and prepare themselves for future careers in science and engineering. The program is sponsored locally by the Akron District Society of Professional Engineers and The University of Akron.

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