Oak Hill Academy MathCounts team achieves a record finish!

Oak Hill Academy MathCounts team achieves a record finish!

 

Mrs. Rita Cotterell, an upper school math teacher atOakHillAcademy, took a group of 8 seventh and eighth grade students toUnionCountyCollegefor the MathCounts competition for Middlesex, Union andMonmouthCountieson Saturday, February 2, 2013.

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests. The program exists in all 50 states plus U.S.territories and the Department of Defense and State Department schools. (more information at www.mathcounts.org )

The team from Oak Hill competed against public, private and parochial schools from those three counties in a multi-round competition.  The competition begins with a 30 question test covering every strand of mathematics in word problem format.  The students then move on to the target round where they are given 2 high level word problems that need to be completed in 5 minutes. This is repeated 5 times for a total of 10 questions.  Subsequently, the top team from each school takes a test of 10 questions requiring teamwork and leadership.  Oak Hill students answered 8 of the 10 correctly!  We placed 3 students in the top 15%, and they finished 1st out of all of the independent and parochial schools with a record 4th place overall!  This is the highest finish of any Oak Hill team in our history of participation and means that they are the wildcard for the State Competition in March.  Since this is the most competitive regional competition in the state, this may make us state qualifiers as well.

The team was made up of Jacob Yavitsky, Gilbert Rashkovsky, Jasmine Shen and Harry Jain as well as Seth Britton, Brycen Greco, Aneesha Doshi and John-Gabriel Bermudez.  They meet biweekly on Friday afternoons.  Congratulations to Mrs. Cotterell and her team for such an outstanding effort!