PLAINFIELD, NJ - Kuorkor Ashie, a fifth-grader at Washington Community School, is competing this weekend as a finalist in the MathCon, a national math competition for elementary school children in grades 5-12 in Chicago.

“Kuorkor and I are very excited that she made the finals of MathCON,” said Ashie's math teacher, Marcy Berger. "We knew she scored a 250 out of 300 the day she took the test, but we didn't know if that was high enough to win her a place at the finals.

"This is the first year my fifth-graders competed in this contest with students from across the nation and Kuorkor scored in the 99th percentile.  Words cannot express our elation at the time I received the email.”

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Kuorkor said she studied "with my father at home and with my teacher after school. I am so excited.”  

“I am extremely proud of Kuorkor and I know she will do everything in her power to do well,” said Superintendent of Plainfield Public Schools Anna Belin-Pyles. “We are all cheering for her and wish her the best in the competition.”

Five other students in Berger's class who took the online test received honorable mentions: Andy Rivera, Gabriela Castaneda, Luis Ramirez, Joy Coston and Neida Reyes.  “It has been my extreme pleasure working with these students on a daily basis and watching them develop the love for something I have always loved, M A T H,” she said.