Pennsylvania MATHCOUNTS

Our thanks to the companies whose financial support makes this outstanding program possible in Pennsylvania:

Shell Oil

Congratulations to the individuals and teams participating in the 2011 Pennsylvania MATHCOUNTS competition.

Park Forest Middle School (State College, PA) wins Pennsylvania MATHCOUNTS state competition!

The Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers hosted an advanced mathematics competition on March 19, 2011.
A total of 164 students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade from 41 schools across the Commonwealth competed in the competition.

1st Place Team – Park Forest Middle School
Lear Du
Andrew Shu
Rosie Sowers
Jacob Van Hook
Coached by Rebekah Sjoberg

2nd Place Team – Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Susan Kownacki
Nancy Lu
Charles Yuan
Jiawen Zhu
Coached by Cecelia Toohey

3rd Place Team – Garnet Valley Middle School
Gareth Howe
Geoffrey Krug
Richard Yang
Amy Zhou
Coached by Adele Manno

4th Place Team – Valley Forge Middle School
Frank Li
Suproteem Sarkar
Sai-Aksharah Sriraman
Arjun Swaminathan
Coached by Allison Long

5th Place Team – Sandy Run Middle School
Michael Deng
Joshua Li
Harry Xi
David Zeng
Coached by Marty Doyle

Countdown Round Final Standings

Shashwat Kishore – Charles F. Patton Middle School
Coached by Mary Jo Knaur

Nick Rauen – Pennwood Middle School
Coached by Jana VanBuskirk

Jacob Wachspress – William Penn Middle
Coached by Carolyn Boodey

Dennis Duan – Charles Boehm Middle School
Coached by Debbie Diamond

Andy Tran – Abington Junior High School
Coached by Josh Woolsey

Nick Wu – Lionville Middle School
Coached by Marie Caramanica

Jacob Van Hook – Park Forest Middle School
Coached by Rebekah Sjoberg

Cameron Krulewski – Centerville Middle School
Coached by Matt Wagaman

Nancy Lu – Thomas Jefferson Middle School
Coached by Cecelia Toohey

Josh Li – Sandy Run Middle School
Coached by Marty Doyle

Mrs. Sjoberg, Shashwat Kishore, Nick Rauen, Jacob Wachspress and Dennis Duan will represent Pennsylvania at the National MATHCOUNTS competition in Washington DC.

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