Students shine at math competition

First Posted: 3/18/2009

WINSTON-SALEM Eight students from Central Middle School were among those receiving awards at the 26th annual MATHCOUNTS competition at Philo Middle School in Winston-Salem last month.
Selected middle school students from all middle schools in Surry County participated in the 26th annual MATHCOUNTS competition held Feb. 14.
Throughout the day, students competed in sprint rounds, target rounds, team rounds, ciphering rounds and countdown rounds. Twenty-four teams competed in the region and all of the Surry County School System middle schools were present with Central Middle School placing sixth in Team Round Competition and Pilot Mountain Middle School placing eighth in Team Round Competition.
The eight Central students who were recognized were Chase Graham, Brian Parker, Austin Peele, Holly Mason, Heather Key, Forest Kimbrell, Danielle Key and Ashley Craddock.
MATHCOUNTS is a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement in every U.S. state and territory. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, MATHCOUNTS is one of the most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students.
Mathematics continues to invigorate and deliver innovative advances to our culture and society, yet the significance math played in their creation usually flies under our radar, said Lou DiGioia, executive director of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation.
An example, according to the foundation, is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), which has been around for a long time. However, it was not until a mathematical solution in 1983 was it possible for people to get reliable, consistent information from inside their bodies. The technology has advanced so much that today doctors are perfecting real-time MRI: The ability to look into the body without having to perform surgery. The triangulation and numerous relative distance calculations require significant computation, but advancements in computer technology have sped up these processes to return near-instantaneous results.
Thousands of teachers use the free MATHCOUNTS curriculum materials to supplement classroom materials or as an extracurricular activity, the foundation said. Those wishing to fully capitalize on the ability of the creative MATHCOUNTS materials to challenge students and motivate them to develop strong math skills also participate in the MATHCOUNTS competition series.
Schools select students to compete individually or as part of a team in one of the more than 500 written and oral competitions held nationwide. Top students advance to the state, and ultimately, national level. MATHCOUNTS challenges students math skills, develops their self-confidence and rewards them for their achievements.
We are very proud of all students and coaches who worked to prepare and participate in the annual MATHCOUNTS competition, commented Pat Widdowson, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Surry County Schools. As we prepare students for careers in the 21st Century, skills gained from critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration are essential for success. We applaud all teams and coaches for their hard work and dedication.

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