Regional MathCounts winners advance to state
CONWAY – The Coastal/ Pee Dee Chapter of the South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers held its annual regional MathCounts competition at Coastal Carolina University on Feb. 4. Eighty-five students representing 12 schools from Florence and Horry Counties participated.
The morning session of the math competition consisted of three sets of math problems, testing the abilities of both individual competitors and teams. The afternoon session included the Countdown Round, where the top eight individuals competed against each other in pairs. Emcee, Rob Ardis, asked a series of questions to the competitors, who had 45 seconds to work the problem, buzz in and answer the question.
Ocean Bay Middle School from Myrtle Beach won the competition.
Saint James Middle School, also from Myrtle Beach, finished in second place.
Williams Middle School from Florence placed third in the team competition. Two team members, Jake Floyd and Elena Morgan, placed in the top 10 in individual competition. The remaining team members were Connor Fraley and Justin Tan.
Individual competitors representing the school were William Hinson, Anish Jona, Raelynn Ott, and Jay Patel. The team was coached by Tracie Burns and Christy Bishop.
Forestbrook Middle School from Myrtle Beach took fourth place in the team competition.
Phong Le, coached by Sharon Arruda and Juliel Berry, of St. James Middle School won first place in the individual competition. Finishing second was Parker Schmidt of Myrtle Beach Middle School coached by Rebecca Shibley. Third place winner was Jake Floyd from Williams Middle School coached by Tracie Burns and Christy Bishop, and the fourth place winner was Charlie King from Ocean Bay Middle School coached by Sarah Leppert.
The winners in the countdown round were Hunter Kuperman of Ocean Bay Middle School, Alex Morris of St. James Middle School, Jake Floyd of Williams Middle School, and Elena Morgan of Williams Middle School.
The top two schools will compete in the state competition to be held Saturday, March 11 in Aiken. In addition, the top two individuals who were not on the top two teams, Jake Floyd from Williams Middle School and Parker Schmidt of Myrtle Beach Middle School, will also compete at the state competition in Aiken.
Deborah Kephart, Zan Wiggins and Coastal Carolina University provided the space for the testing, the countdown round, and the awards ceremony, as well as assistance with set up for the event.
MathCounts is a program of the National Society of Professional Engineers to encourage middle school students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The competition, regional, state, and national levels, is sponsored by the Raytheon Company, U.S. Department of Defense, Northrop Grumman Foundation, CNA Foundation, ConocoPhillips, Think Fun, Texas Instruments Inc., 3M Foundation, and The National Society of Professional Engineers.