MathCounts teams from Johnson County Middle School and Pikeville Junior High School are headed to the 2018 state finals competition on Saturday, March 24, at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. Students on these teams won the regional competition sponsored by the Big Sandy Chapter, Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, held Saturday, February 17, on the Prestonsburg camps, Big Sandy Community and Technical College.
The state competition awards scholarships to the top Mathletes at the state level.
Johnson County Middle School team members include Zoe Castle, Gabe Hess, Kyle Hager, and Hilal Sofyan. They are coached by Pam Burton. (pictured above)
Pikeville Junior High team members are Isabella Huffman, Noah Thacker, Ameesh Sharma, and Caeden Bartley. They are coached by Jeri McNamee. (pictured below)
In addition, the top three students not on the winning team also earned the right to compete at the state level. They are Dylan Hamilton, John M. Stumbo Elementary, and Aaron Smart and Maddox Parsons, students at Pikeville Junior High School.
The regional event’s top scorer, Zoe Castle (pictured above), is an eighth grader at Johnson County Middle School. She was first place overall winner for the third straight year. She won in 2016 as a sixth grader and in 2017 as a seventh grader. She is in the eighth grade this year. As the first place winner, Castle received a full four-year scholarship to the University of Kentucky, a four-year $1,000 scholarship to Western Kentucky University, and a $500 scholarship from the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers.
A total of 49 students competed on seven teams at the local event. Teams included John M. Stumbo Elementary, South Floyd Elementary, Allen Elementary, Duff-Allen Central Elementary, J.D. Adams Middle School, Pikeville Junior High, and Johnson County Middle School. Sponsors for the local event were Summit Engineering, the City of Pikeville, the City of Prestonsburg, and the University of Pikeville.
MathCounts is a national program founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers. The Kentucky Society (KSPE) hosts local and state competitions throughout Kentucky. The Big Sandy Chapter covers Morgan, Magoffin, Johnson, Floyd, Martin, and Pike counties.
The mission of MathCounts is to increase enthusiasm for and enhance achievement in middle school mathematics throughout the United States. Students eligible to participate in the Big Sandy Chapter competition are in the sixth through eighth grades and reside in one of the counties served by the chapter.