Jereme Chien, an eighth grade student at Lower Macungie Middle School recently took 10th place in the Lehigh Valley Mathcounts competition, held Feb. 10 at Trexler Middle School in Allentown.
Sandhya Sriaam, a 7th grader at Eyer Middle School was among the top female competitors.
The 29th annual event attracted more than 200 middle school competitors from five counties.
The regional competition was organized by Lehigh Valley Chapter of the PA Society of Professional Engineers, Lower Macungie Middle School was fifth top ranking team of the 30 schools that participated.
The students spent the morning taking a series of tests that featured questions like:
- The product of three consecutive odd integers is 9177. What is the sum of these three integers? (63)
- Draw a pentagon with each of its five diagonals. How many triangles are contained in the figure? (35.)
Tests were sent immediately to a scoring room for grading and ranking. The afternoon session featured the top ten ranking individuals paired in a “Jeopardy” like stage competition to determine final ranking. The top 10 individuals were as follows:
- First Place - Yogeshwar Velingker, eighth grade student at Orefield Middle School
- Second Place – Alexander High, eighth grade student at East Hills Middle School
- Third place – Michael Medaugh, eighth grade student at Pocono Mountain East Middle School
- Fourth place –Daniel Qian, eighth grade student at Southern Lehigh Middle School
- Fifth place – Sai Mallipedhi, eighth grade student at Springhouse Middle School
- Sixth place –Aryaman Khandelwal, seventh grade student at Springhouse Middle School
- Seventh place- Matthew Liu, sixth grade student at Springhouse Middle School
- Eighth place - Alana Dee, eighth grade student at St. Joseph the Worker
- Ninth place –Shaumik Phadke, an eighth grader at Springhouse Middle School
- Tenth place- Chien
In addition to Dee, top ranking female competitors were: Sarah Mackin, an eighth grader at Southern Lehigh Middle School and Sriaam.
The top five student finishers will advance to the state competition in March at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel. The Lehigh Valley Chapter will pay the registration and hotels costs for the competitors and their coaches.
The four top Pennsylvania students will go to Washington, D.C. in May to vie for national honors. Almost 6,000 schools nationwide participate in the competition co-sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and a host of industries that see the importance of making math excellence as challenging, exciting, and prestigious as participation in sports.