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MATHCOUNTS Competition Sends 4 To Finals
March 30, 2006

The Virginia MATHCOUNTS championships held Saturday, March 25, at the Dominion Virginia Power building in the Innsbrook office park of suburban Richmond has resulted in four students earning a trip to the Lockheed Martin National Finals, May 12 in Arlington, Virginia. The MATHCOUNTS competition is organized by the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE) and is the mathematics version of a spelling bee. This year’s event was sponsored by Dominion Virginia Power, Virginia Tech College of Engineering, CORPRINT, Greg Tseng and The Virginia Society of Professional Engineers. Teams of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from 12 different regions across Virginia competed for the opportunity to take part in the national championships. Over 70 students competed in various mathematical problem sessions to determine scores in the competition. The top four scoring students make up the Virginia Team at the national competition.

The 2006 Virginia MATHCOUNTS team members and their schools are: 1. Daniel Li; Rachel Carson Middle School, Fairfax 2. Brian Hamrick; Frost Middle School, Fairfax 3. Jimmy Clark; Longfellow Middle School, Falls Church 4. Divya Garg; Frost Middle School, Fairfax

In addition to the top four individual students in the morning sessions that earned a trip to the national competition, awards were made for overall team and top students in the countdown round. Although these awards do not earn the students or teams a trip to the national competition, they are significant just the same. The team award is determined by the sum of the scores of the four team members in the problem sessions. The countdown round includes the top 16 students from the morning sessions competing in head to head competition, solving difficult mathematical problems in 45 seconds.

The top scoring school teams, the locality where they are located and the school region they represent are:
1. Longfellow Middle School, Falls Church, Northern Virginia
2. Frost Middle School, Fairfax, Fairfax
3. Manchester Middle School, Chesterfield, Richmond
4 Kemps Landing Magnet School, Virginia Beach, Tidewater
5.Mark Twain Middle School, Alexandria, George Washington
The top students in the countdown round were:
1. Jimmy Clark, Longfellow Middle School
2. Brian Hamrick, Frost Middle School
3. (tie) Lawrence Diao, Longfellow Middle School
3.(tie) Zack Garcia, Kemps Landing Magnet School

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