Feb 13, 2009

State Finalists Named At Boulder County Mathcounts Competition Hosted By Seagate

Eighteen middle-school students from the St. Vrain Valley and Boulder Valley School Districts were named finalists in last week’s Boulder County Mathcounts competition, hosted by Seagate. The finalists will go on to compete in the statewide competition at the University of Denver next month.

More than 100 students from middle schools throughout Boulder County participated in the February 7 event, competing against the clock and each other, to solve mathematical problems that would befuddle many adults.

“Judging by the mental energy and enthusiasm demonstrated by the students at these events, it’s clear many of them are bound to be top-notch technical professionals,” said Andy Davis, Seagate senior vice president of Product Development. “We’re encouraged to see this kind of enthusiasm and we’re proud to support a program like Mathcounts, which helps kids build skills that will serve them well in whatever career they choose.”

Leading the Seagate-hosted regional event was Craig Ullman, Boulder Chapter Mathcounts coordinator, who’s worked with Mathcounts students for 8 years. “These students possess amazing mathematical talent,” Ullman said. “They all have a very bright future ahead of them.”

Teams advancing to the state competition are Summit Middle School in Boulder and Eldorado K-8 School in Louisville. Individuals advancing to the state competition are: Jacob Anderson of Lyons Middle-Senior High School in Lyons; Mehmed Erkocevic of Eldorado K-8; Jay Kranzdorf of Summit; Nathan Lazarus of Alexander Dawson in Lafayette; Caitlyn Lee of Summit; Joshua Mundinger of Centennial Middle School in Boulder; Andy Ross of Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette; Ryan Tabler of Centennial; Henry Zhang of Twin Peaks Charter Academy in Longmont; and Larry Zhang of Summit.

Mathcounts, founded in 1983 by the National Society of Professional Engineers, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CNA Foundation, is designed to cultivate strategic problem-solving skills in middle-school students. More than five million students have participated in Mathcounts, which operates in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands and worldwide schools run by the U.S. Department of Defense and State Department.

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