PRESTONSBURG – Students from six local schools competed Saturday, December 20 at Big Sandy Community and Technical College in the MATHCOUNTS competition. MATHCOUNTS is a local, state, and eventually national competition sponsored by the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers. MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is the only competition program of its kind, with live, in-person events in all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories and schools worldwide through the U.S. Department of Defense and State Department.
Students from the following schools competed in Saturday’s competition: John M. Stumbo Elementary, South Floyd Middle, Allen Central Middle, Johnson County Middle, Adams Middle, and Pikeville Junior, High. 47 students competed in four rounds of testing: Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown Round, consisting of four teammates.
The Competition Series is ideal for students who have a talent and passion for math and need or want to be challenged. Students will engage in competition where they will compete against and alongside other bright, motivated students.
At the local, state and national level, students have the opportunity to win hundreds, even thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes each year. This year’s winner of the competition will get to choose between a four-year University of Kentucky scholarship and a $1000 annual scholarship for four years to Western Kentucky University. The Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers also awards $500 in prize money to competing individuals.
“The opportunity for students in our area to have the chance to compete for scholarship money at the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade level is amazing. For universities to believe in you at such a young age is motivating for any student,” said Ashlie Childers, of Summit Engineering.
This year’s MATHCOUNTS winner is Zoe Castle, of Johnson County Middle School. Gary Austin Cantrell of Johnson County Middle finished second.
Johnson County Middle School took the first place team trophy. Pikeville Junior High placed second in the team competition.
The year’s local winners will advance to compete in the State Competition.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606-794-0290 or [email protected]