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Students from Washington, Allegany counties test skills in MathCounts competition

March 05, 2013
  • This photo shows the top six finishers in the MathCounts competition. From left, Gunnie Margrabe, first place, Boonsboro Middle; Nolan Andreassen, sixth place, Bishop Walsh; Clay Hoover, fifth place, Braddock Middle; Nathan Bruck, fourth place, Braddock Middle; Elizabeth Whitmore, third place, Clear Spring Middle; and Eugene Kim, second place, Springfield Middle.
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More than 100 students participated from area middle schools in the annual MathCounts Competition on Feb. 23 at E. Russell Hicks Middle School in Hagerstown.

The students were from Washington and Allegany county middle schools.

This year, two teams and 16 individuals advanced to the state competition, which will be Saturday, March 16, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Every year, the local competition is sponsored by donations from the Hagerstown Chapter of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers. This was Dan Matonak’s 30th year volunteering as lead organizer for the competition. 

The competition offers a chance for local students to show off their confidence and skills in math. It is a showcase for local academic talent. 

Students were required to answer challenging high-level math questions in multiple rounds. After students tested individually, teams were tested and the results from the individual and team rounds were scored and the top two teams were chosen to move on for the state competition.

This year, Braddock Middle School (Clay Hoover, Evan Hostetler, Jared Klemm and Nathan Bruck) and Springfield Middle School (Zane Placie, Eugene Kim, Camille Levine and Rohith Krishnamoorthy) were the top two teams in the competition.

Boonsboro eighth-grader Gunnie Margrabe defended as individual champion.

Gunnie had the highest individual score and is included with the top 16 that have qualified to go to the state competition.

He will also be joined by Eugene Kim (Springfield Middle), Elizabeth Whitmore (Clear Spring Middle), Nathan Bruck (Braddock Middle), Clay Hoover (Braddock Middle), Nolan Andreassen (Bishop Walsh), Gabriel Juedemann (Boonsboro Middle), Evan Hostetler (Braddock Middle), Camille Levine (Springfield Middle), Jared Klemm (Braddock Middle), Eden Li (Bishop Walsh), Jade Lee (Smithsburg Middle), Natalie Alexander (E. Russell Hicks), Brandon McCloskey (Braddock Middle), Rohith Krishnamoorthy (Springfield Middle) and Andrew Beck (Braddock Middle).

After the written test portion of the competition, the top 16 individual students participated in the countdown round. It is an unofficial public portion of the event, where the “mathletes,” went head to head solving algebra and geometry problems on the spot before an audience of spectators.

The top four finishers for the countdown round included, first, Eugene Kim, Springfield Middle; second, Zane Placie, Springfield Middle; third, Gunnie Margrabe, Boonsboro Middle; and fourth, Clay Hoover, Braddock Middle.

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