Rosspoint eighth-grader Jaden Hall has something most high school students can only dream about — a scholarship to the University of Kentucky or Western Kentucky University.
Hall, participating as a member the Rosspoint Elementary School MATHCOUNTS team, won first place in the Pine Mountain Chapter of Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers MATHCOUNTS competition held Feb. 15 on the Middlesboro campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.
The top award won him a four-year tuition scholarship to UK or WKU.
Heading into the competition, Hall said he thought he would have a shot at winning since he placed fourth last year.
“I thought I would, kind of,” he said. “Then I saw 70 kids there and I was kind of nervous.”
Except for the first few problems being “kind of easy,” Hall recalled the assessment overall being very hard.”
When the results were announced, Hall said, “I was overjoyed.”
Hall’s MATHCOUNTS coach and math teacher John Simpson wasn’t surprised.
“Jaden is an exceptional student. He has a great attitude, a desire to learn and he never gets complacent,” said Simpson. “Even though math comes easy to him he still works hard and enjoys being challenged with higher level problems.”
While he hadn’t really given his college choice a lot of thought prior to the MATHCOUNTS competition, Hall said he is probably now headed to UK.
With the win, he advances to the state MATHCOUNTS competition to be held in Louisville with additional scholarships available to winners.
“I am extremely happy for him and his family and look for him to do great things in the future,” said Simpson.
Hall also recently won several awards in the middle school district and regional Kentucky Governor’s Cup third place in the Harlan County Spelling Bee.
He is the son of Rhonda and Bobby Belcher of Molus.