BASKING RIDGE,NJ- The William Annin Middle School (WAMS) MathCounts team won First Place in the Mercer County Regional MathCounts Chapter Competition held at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor on Feb. 4. The team members of Lucas Chen, Kevin Cong, Daniel Xia and Allan Zhang competed with the best math students from around 22 schools in Mercer, Somerset, and Hunterdon counties and came in first in the team competition. In addition to the WAMS team members, six individual students Darren Jia, Stanley Jiang, James Zhang, Andrew Zhang, Christopher Dong and Lily Chen also participated in the competition. In the individual award competition, Kevin Cong finished 5th, Lucas Chen 8th, and Daniel Xia 9th.

Mercer County Chapter is highly competitive with participation of strong school teams. WAMS team beat the team from the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, who won First Place last year in both the Mercer County Chapter and State Competition.  WAMS team will be advancing to the State Competition in March. 

The MathCounts is a national middle school mathematics competition program to cultivate talent in students and to help bright young minds to reach their full potential. The Competition has 4 levels: school, chapter, state and national. Each level of competition contains 4 rounds: Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown Round. Altogether the rounds are designed to take about 3 hours to complete. 

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Bernards Township Public School District has been promoting STEM programs in the last few years, including mathematics. The WAMS MathCounts program has shown great progress with the support from the school and interested parents since it was established in 2014. The team received 6th place in 2015 Chapter Competition, 2nd place in 2016 and 1st place in 2017. The teachers, coaches, and parents are very proud of this group of talented and hard-working students. We wish the team the best of luck in the State Competition!

Congratulations to the WAMS MathCounts team on their accomplishments!

To learn more about MathCounts program, visit their website