EMMS Team Excels In Math Competition

Group Advances To State MathCounts

Posted: February 16, 2013

HARRISONBURG — Eastern Mennonite Middle School students Cameron Byer, 14, and Casey May, 12, made sure they were more prepared than last year for the challenging number problems at the 30th annual regional MathCounts competition.
 
While putting together a team at the last minute worked out last year — Byer, May and their companions from EMMS came in second — studying paid off even more, netting the group a first-place finish during last weekend’s competition at Blue Ridge Community College.
 
“We were able to meet a couple more times this year,” said Cameron, who also won the individual competition. “I had better expectations this year than last year.”
 
For its efforts, the team — consisting of Cameron, Casey, sixth-grader Isaac Mast and eighth-grader Alexander Wagner — will advance to the state competition on March 16 in Richmond. Cameron also will compete as an individual.
 
“I was really proud that our team actually won this year,” said Casey, who said he expects the questions at states to be tougher. “We’re going to have to practice a lot. …  I think we have a chance.”
 
MathCounts is a national math enrichment, club and competition program for middle school students.
 
The local competition is organized by the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers Skyline Chapter. During the event, students complete an array of mathematical questions.
 
Students from Redeemer Classical School and Thomas Harrison Middle School also participated in the competition.
 
“It’s been nice having a group of students …  that really enjoy just getting together and learning math problems,” said Larry Martin, a sixth-grade math teacher at EMMS, who coaches the students along with Owen Byer, a professor in the mathematical sciences department at Eastern Mennonite University.
 
Contact Emily Sharrer at 574-6286 or esharrer@dnronline.com


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