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For the love of math -- Go figure on Valentine's Day!

Release Date: 02-03-2009

Author: Dawn Marie Densmore
Email: Dawn.Densmore@uvm.edu
Phone: Array Fax: 802-656-8802

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from MATHCOUNTS 2008Approximately 200 students will express their love for mathematics on Valentine's Day as they compete individually and in teams — on written and fast-paced oral matches — in subjects that include probability, statistics, algebra and polynomials during the annual MATHCOUNTS Northwest Region Competition to be held on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14, 2008 at UVM.

Celebrating its 26th year, MATHCOUNTS is one of the country's largest and most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students. Former President George W. Bush and Presidents Clinton, Bush and Reagan have all recognized MATHCOUNTS in White House ceremonies. The MATHCOUNTS program has also received two White House citations as an outstanding private sector initiative.

Sponsored by the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) and the Vermont Society of Professional Engineers, MATHCOUNTS is a national competition for 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining their interest and ability in mathematics, which is necessary to ensure success in higher education and career opportunities in engineering and mathematics.

The excitement will culminate during the Countdown Round in the Billings Lecture Hall (12:00 - 1:00 pm) where the top 12 students will compete two-by-two. The top four Northwest Region teams will go on to compete in the statewide competition on Saturday, March 24 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. The top four teams from Vermont will then go to the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Orlando Florida May 7-10, 2009.

The 2009 MATHCOUNTS National Competition consists of approximately 40,000 students, representing more than 6,000 schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and Department of Defense and State Department affiliate schools.

For more information on MATHCOUNTS, contact John Bilotta, Northwest Regional Coordinator, at johnjayb@quest_net.com.

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