22 middle schools to compete in Mathcounts, Jan. 31

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MathChalkboardMALVERN — Middle school math students from Chester County schools will compete in the local contest of the MATHCOUNTS® Competition Series on Jan. 31,  at Great Valley High School. The competition has been organized by Chester County PA MATHCOUNTS every year since 1986.

A total of 22 public, private and religious schools in the county and approximately 170 students will compete. 

Chester County schools expected to compete include: Avon Grove Charter School, Bright Academy, Charles F Patton Middle School, Devon Preparatory School, E.N. Peirce Middle School, Fred S Engle Middle School, G. A. Stetson Middle School, Great Valley Middle School, J. R. Fugett Middle School, Lionville Middle School, Malvern Preparatory School, Phoenixville Area Middle School, Renaissance Academy Edison School, Saint Elizabeth Parish School (Uwchlan), Saint Joseph School (Downingtown), Saint Norbert School (Paoli), Saints Philip & James School (Exton), South Brandywine Middle School, Tredyffrin Easttown Middle School, University Scholars Program, Valley Forge Middle School and Villa Maria Academy Lower School.

Teachers and students have been preparing for the competition since the beginning of the school year. Students will compete individually and as teams in written and fast-paced oral matches. Subjects include algebra, probability, statistics and geometry. Winners will advance to the Pennsylvania MATHCOUNTS state competition, to be held in Harrisburg on March 27-28, 2015.

MATHCOUNTS is a national program designed to improve math skills among U.S. students. The program focuses on middle school students, who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability. Students who do not begin developing strong problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life if they wish to pursue a medical, scientific, mathematical, engineering or technical career.

The 2015 MATHCOUNTS Competition Series will consist of approximately 40,000 students, representing more than 5,500 schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U. S. territories and Department of Defense and State Department affiliated schools.

In 2014 Tredyffrin Easttown Middle School placed second and Valley Forge placed sixth out of the twenty four schools at the Pennsylvania MATHCOUNTS competition with one T/E student placing 10th out of the 151 students who participated.  The top four students from Pennsylvania formed a team which placed fifth overall at the national MATHCOUNTS finals in Walt Disney World, Florida.

On June 11, 2014 State Rep. Warren Kampf hosted nine students and the coaches from the Valley Forge (Allison Long) and Tredyffrin Easttown (Lisa Stehower) Middle Schools in Harrisburg to recognize their accomplishments, to tour the capital and Whitaker Center.  Representative Kampf confirmed he will be attending this year’s competition at Great Valley High School to witness these amazing students in action.

Chester County PA MATHCOUNTS would like to thank West Pharmaceuticals, Belfor Property Restoration and the multiple individuals for their generous donations which allow us to promote math and STEM education throughout Chester County.  Additional information on Chester County PA MATHCOUNTS is available at www.ccpamathcounts.com.

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