PLYMOUTH - Students from area schools will compete in the MATHCOUNTS State Championship March 15 and 16. There will be 126 students from 44 schools vying for the state title at the Crown Plaza Conference Center in Plymouth.
The top four scorers will represent Minnesota in the National MATHCOUNTS Finals in Washington, D.C., in May.
The students won the right to participate in the State Meet by winning regional competitions in February.
The names and team placement from the Traverse Des Sioux Chapter meet, held Feb. 1, are:
1st Place Team: Mankato East Junior High - Cole Theobalk, Avery Javens. Elora Greiner, Jayde Whelan; .Coach: Kari Pratt
2nd Place Team: New Ulm High School - Anthony Rosenhamer, Daniel Lindquist, Cameron Woodbury, Dakota Berbrich; Coach: Janelle Woodbury
3rd Place Team: GFW Middle School, Fairfax - Sam Stresemann, Brady Roiger, Nic Doerr, Alexa Doerr; Coach: Paul Fromming
4th Place Team: Martin County West School, Trimont - Abby Bachenberg, Jordan Stahl, Maggie Bachenberg, Emily Ziemer; Coach: Karen McConnell and Hannah Sampe
Also attending will be two students who qualified by being among the top individual scorers at the meet:
Ben Draper, St. John's Lutheran, Sleepy Eye, Coach: Sallie Draper; Nick Fischer, St. Paul's Lutheran School, New Ulm, Coach: Greg Thiesfeldt
Mathcounts is a national coaching and competition program that promotes math achievement by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. The program stimulates student interest by making math achievement as challenging, exciting, and prestigious as school sports. In Minnesota the program is coordinated by volunteer members of the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers, who work closely with teachers.