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MATHCOUNTS Northwest Region Competition to be held at UVM

Release Date: 02-11-2010

Author: Dawn Marie Densmore
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Approximately 200 students from 15 middle schools will compete individually and in teams, in written and fast-paced oral matches, on subjects that include probability, statistics, algebra and geometry during the annual MATHCOUNTS Northwest Region Competition held on Saturday February 13, 2010 at UVM. Sponsored by the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) and the Vermont Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE), the excitement will culminate with the Countdown Round in the UVM Carpenter Auditorium from 11:45 to 12:45 pm where the top 12 students will compete against each other -- and the clock -- in a dramatic single-elimination tournament in front of an enthusiastic audience.

from MATHCOUNTS 2009The top teams and individuals from each of the Regional Competitions will go on to compete in the Vermont MATHCOUNTS Statewide Competition to be held Saturday, March 13 at Randolph Union High School in Randolph. The top 4 individuals from the State Competition will form the Vermont team which will travel to the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, to be held May 6-9, 2010. "The mathematical abilities displayed by the students throughout the competition are impressive but the Countdown Round is inspiring," says Prof. Doug Dickey, Regional Coordinator of MATHCOUNTS, and Assistant Dean and Lecturer in the UVM CEMS Department of Mathematics and Statistics (also a sponsor of the Northwest Competition). "It is a great opportunity for us to support some of the really talented students from around the state."

Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan have all recognized MATHCOUNTS in White House ceremonies, and MATHCOUNTS has received two White House citations as an outstanding private sector initiative. Click here to view President Obama honoring 2009 MATHCOUNTS National Student Finalists in the Oval Office Ceremony.

Approximately 600 Vermont middle school students will participate throughout Vermont in four Regional Competitions. Three Competitions are scheduled for Saturday, February 13: the Northwest at UVM, the Northeast at Lyndon State College, and the Southwest at Castleton State College. The Southeast was held at Windsor High School on Saturday, January 30.

"Our thanks go to the teachers and volunteers for their invaluable service to middle school students through MATHCOUNTS which fosters advanced problem-solving abilities in mathematics," says Prof. Jack Lawlor, State MATHCOUNTS Coordinator and lecturer in the UVM CEMS Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics. "Many of our top math students at UVM can point to their MATHCOUNTS experiences as positive influences in the development of their mathematical skills."

For more information regarding the MATHCOUNTS State Competition, contact Jack Lawlor at
from MATHCOUNTS 2009