March 09, 2011
Full-Tuition Scholarships Awarded to MATHCOUNTS Competition Winners
Wentworth Institute of Technology hosted the 28th Annual State MATHCOUNTS Competition for the fifteenth consecutive year, and for the seventh year Wentworth awarded full, four-year tuition scholarships to the top four winners and the top female competitor. MATHCOUNTS is designed to increase enthusiasm for, and advancement in, mathematics in middle school, a crucial stage for developing and sustaining interest and ability in math.
The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) awarded $500 bonds to each of the top ten student winners, and the MathPath Academy awarded $250 scholarships to each of the top four student winners to help pay for summer math camp.
This year’s top four students, who will represent Massachusetts at the MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Washington, D.C., in May, are Alec Sun from Jonas Clarke Middle School in Lexington (first place); Niket Gowravaram from R.J. Grey Junior High School in Acton (second place); Pranav Nanga from Stony Brook School in Westford (third place); and Zachary Polansky from the Sage School in Foxboro (fourth place). The top female student was Shohini Stout from Jonas Clarke Middle School in Lexington. Because fourth place winner Zachary Polansky had already received a scholarship to Wentworth at last year’s competition, fifth place winner Yanson Chang from Roxbury Latin School in West Roxbury received a scholarship. The winning school in the team competition was Jonas Clarke Middle School.
The event was made possible by the following organizations: Massachusetts Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE), Raytheon, the MathPath Academy, AFCEA, Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Mathworks, Bose, Kanyo Lala, and Wentworth.
Participants in the State MATHCOUNTS Competition are the top individual winners and/or members of the top teams in their local chapter competitions. This year, 132 students from 38 Massachusetts schools participated in the competition.
MATHCOUNTS is a national math competition that promotes math achievement. Students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades compete individually and as team members in written and oral matches in the subjects of algebra, probability, statistics, and geometry. The competition is followed by a fast-paced oral competition, called the Countdown Round, where two students compete, one-on-one.
- Dennis Nealon