WEST ORANGE, NJ - Seventh-graders Sophie Andrews, Justine Seo, Yuwen Zhang and Darren Yen, along with eighth-grader Soumya Mishra, represented Chatham Middle School in the MATHCOUNTS Competition series held on Feb. 8.
Chatham Middle Schoolers placed 13th out of 40 schools in their first trip to the competition.The top three schools that will advance to the state competition are: Heritage Middle School, Milburn Middle School and Newark Academy.
"The team now knows what they need to work on due to the motivation that they had received watching the other schools compete head-to-head," Chatham competitor Darren Yen said. "After a tough experience, next year it will be different for the Cougar’s team of Mathletes."
Chatham was coached by Stephen Bontempo and Linda Stambouly.
The competition consists of four rounds in which students compete and earn points both as team members and individuals.
MATHCOUNTS is a very popular math competition that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of engaging “bee” style contests. Chatham, Milburn, Newark Academy, Heritage, Randolph, East Hanover, and many other schools participated in the event with more than 400 students attending. The competition included::
- The Sprint Round: Students have forty minutes to complete a packet of thirty problems.
- The Target Round: Student have six minutes for every pair of problems that they receive as a single worksheet, this round contains eight problems of varying difficulty.
- The Team Round: Students team up with three others that were chosen to represent their school. This round has 10 problems and students are given 20 minutes to complete all of them. However, students who were not chosen to represent their school can sit on the side and watch, or take a “mock” team exam with other people in the competition.
- Lastly, the Countdown Round is given to the top 10 scoring individuals. This is a fast-paced oral competition where the top 10 students compete against each other. Students were given 45 seconds for every question. This round had been especially spectacular; students were answering questions in a frame of 1-10 seconds, sometimes before the Director of the program even finished reading the question. The top 4 individuals will move on to the State Competition.