The Pine Mountain Chapter of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers hosted the 32nd annual MATHCOUNTS competition on Feb. 15 at the Middlesboro campus of Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College.
All schools in Bell and Harlan Counties with a sixth, seventh and eighth grade are sent an application packet in September and are invited to attend. A total of 71 students, eight Harlan County Schools, one Bell County School, Middlesboro Independent and Harlan Independent, participated in this year’s event.
Rosspoint Elementary School, coached by John Simpson, won first place. The Rosspoint team included Jaden Hall, Morgan Napier, Garry Henson and Benjamin Lewis. Also competing from Rosspoint as individuals were Brianna Roque, Emerson Johnson and Christian Hall. Bell Central’s team took second place honors. Black Mountain Elementary, coached by Jered Howard, won third place. Their team included Alex Lewis, Jacob Bush, Rebecca Middleton and Janice Dean.
The individual champion was Jaden Hall of Rosspoint. He received a full tuition scholarship to the University of Kentucky or Western Kentucky University. Rosspoint’s Garry Henson, a seventh grader, won second place, a $1,000 scholarship for each of four years to Western Kentucky University. The third place winner was Mason Huddleston of Bell Central. He received a $500 scholarship for each of four years to Western Kentucky University.
Emerson Johnson, a sixth grader from Rosspoint, won fourth place.
Other top 10 finishers included, Autumn Dunaway, Cumberland Elementary School, fifth place; Alex Lewis, Black Mountain Elementary School, sixth place; Steven Poore, Middlesboro Independent Schools, seventh place; Jared Lewis, Evarts Elementary, eighth place; Summer Bailey, Bell Central ninth place; and Killian Ledford, Harlan Middle School, 10th place. The state competition is March 22 in Louisville.
In addition to team recognition, individual awards are given to the top 10 students at the competition. The local MATHCOUNTS coordinator is Corey Napier of Vaughn and Melton Consulting Engineers. The Chapter sponsors were Coca-Cola, Papa John’s, and Vaughn and Melton Consulting Engineers.
MATHCOUNTS is a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. MATHCOUNTS is one of the most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators and industry sponsors and students.
The organization’s mission statement is to increase enthusiasm for and enhance achievement in middle school mathematics throughout the United States. It is supported primarily by the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics and the CAN Foundation.
For more information about MATHCOUNTS, visit mathcounts.org.