Pennsylvania MATHCOUNTS
March 26 – 27, 2010
Sheraton Harrisburg – Hershey

Winchester Thurston wins Pennsylvania MATHCOUNTS state competition!

The Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers hosted an advanced mathematics competition on March 27, 2010. 161 students from 72 schools tested themselves in an advanced mathematics competition.

The top 4 individual students (*) will advance as the Pennsylvania team to compete at the National MATHCOUNTS level, May 6 – 9, in Orlando FL.
The first place team coach, Heather Crowley, will act as coach.

First Place Team
Winchester Thurston School
Pittsburgh, PA
Coach: Heather Crowley*
Sonu Bae (8)
Daniel Balter (8)
Cameron Barge (8)
Tristan Hull (8)

Second Place Team
Charles F. Patton Middle School
West Chester, PA
Coach:  Mary Jo Knauer
Ari Bleemer (8)
Edward Jing (8)
Shashwat Kishore (7)
Mark Melvin (7)

Third Place Team
Sandy Run Middle School
Dresher, PA
Coach:  Patricia Callaghan
Michael Deng (7)
Jerry Li (8)
Alan Yang (8)
David Zeng (7)

Fourth Place Team
Park Forest Middle School
State College PA
Coaches: Lauren Bonsall & Rebekah Sjoberg
Sajal Datta (8)
Sicong Shen (8)
Alicia Lai (8)
Fredrick Zheng (8)

Fifth Place Team
Cranberry Area Home School
Cranberry Township, PA
Coach: John DeGraaf
Cameron Arnold (8)
Calvin Beideman (8)
Josiah DeGraaf (8)
Nathan Spear (8)

Individual Countdown Round
Final Standings

1st Place
Shashwat Kishore (7)*
Coach: Mary Jo Knauer
Charles F. Patton Middle School

2nd Place
Joe Lin (8)*
Coach: Lisa Turner
Mt. Nittany Middle School

3rd Place
Jason Schuchardt (8)*
Coach: Tom Perdziola
Sewickley Academy

4th Place
Phoebe Cai (8)*
Coach: Dave McGrath
Radnor Middle School

5th Place
Crystal Wang (8)
Coach: Allison Long
Valley Forge Middle School

6th Place
Sicong Shen (8)
Coach: Rebekah Sjoberg
Park Forest Middle School

7th Place
Matthew Weidner (8)
Coach: Benjamin Tannous
Brandywine Heights Middle School

8th Place
Jacob Wachspress (7)
Coach: Janice Gibson
William Penn Middle School

9th Place
Calvin Beideman (8)
Coach: John DeGraaf
Cranberry Area Home School

10th Place
Danny Balter (8)
Coach: Heather Crowley
Winchester Thurston School

Students were tested for both accuracy and speed on questions like the following:
Sprint Round (no calculator; 30 problems in 40 minutes; students work alone)
Problem: A rectangular tile measures 3 inches by 4 inches. What is the fewest number of these tiles that are needed to completely cover a rectangular region that is 2 feet by 5 feet?
Answer: 120 tiles
Target Round (calculator permitted; 6 minutes for each of 4 pairs of problems; students work alone)
Problem: What is the greatest whole number that must be a factor of the sum of any four consecutive positive odd numbers?
Answer: 8
Team Round (calculator permitted; 10 problems in 20 minutes; students work with three other team members)
Problem: A four-digit perfect square integer is created by placing two positive two-digit perfect square integers next to each other. What is the four-digit square integer?
Answer: 1681
Countdown Round (no calculator; head-to-head challenge between two students; first-to-answer; no more than 45 seconds permitted)
Problem: When Bob exercises, he does jumping jacks for 5 minutes and then walks the track at 4 minutes per lap. If he exercised for 73 minutes on Monday, how many laps did he walk?
Answer: 17 laps
Congratulations on a job well done.