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Indiana's Top Middle School Students to Showcase Problem-Solving Skills at Indiana MATHCONTS on Campus

March 14, 2014

Countdown Round Holder

Quick Problem Solvers: The Countdown Round, conducted in Rose-Hulman’s Hatfield Hall Theater, features the top 24 Indiana middle school math problem solvers squaring off in a game show-type competiton.

     Indiana’s top middle school scholars will showcase their problem-solving skills in the Indiana MATHCOUNTS competition on Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Rose-Hulman’s Sports and Recreation Center and Hatfield Hall.

     MATHCOUNTS is one of the nation’s largest and most successful education partnerships that increases academic and professional opportunities for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. Each student participated in three rounds of competition: Sprint, testing quickness to solve problems; Target, testing problem-solving skills; and Team, testing teamwork abilities. The top 24 students then advance to the Countdown Round, a game show-type contest testing accurate and quick problem-solving skills.

     Saturday’s event, organized by the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers, will feature 192 students and 49 coaches from 44 schools throughout Indiana. Rose-Hulman Mathematics Professor Elton Graves helps coordinate the competition with assistance from faculty colleagues John Rickert, chief grader, and Leanne Holder, master of ceremonies for the Countdown Round; Mathematics Department Secretary Michelle Prather; and student volunteers.

     Qualifying teams are:

  • The Bloomington Project, Bloomington
  • Burris Laboratory School, Muncie
  • Carmel Middle School, Carmel
  • Castle North Middle School, Newburgh
  • Central Middle School,
  • Clay Middle School, Carmel
  • Concord Junior High School, Elkart
  • Creekside Middle School, Carmel
  • Discovery Middle School, Granger
  • East Tipp Middle School, Lafayette
  • Fishers Junior High School, Fishers
  • Hamilton Southeastern Junior High School, Fishers
  • Harshman Magnet Middle School, Indianapolis
  • Heritage Christian School, Indianapolis
  • Honey Creek Middle School, Terre Haute
  • Kahler Middle School, Dyer
  • Klondike Middle School, West Lafayette
  • Lebanon Middle School, Lebanon
  • New Prairie Junior High School, New Carlisle
  • Noblesville West Middle School, Noblesville
  • North Harrison Junior High School, Ramsey
  • Northridge Middle School, Crawfordsville
  • Northside Middle School, Columbus
  • Riverside Middle School, Fishers
  • Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Bedford
  • Seymour Middle School, Seymour
  • Sidener Academy for High Ability Students, Indianapolis
  • Summit Middle School, Fort Wayne
  • Sycamore School, Indianapolis
  • Terre Haute Christian School, Terre Haute
  • Trinity Lutheran School, Seymour
  • Union County Middle School, Liberty
  • West Lafayette Junior High School, West Lafayette
  • Wilbur Wright Junior High School, Munster
  • Woodside Middle School, Fort Wayne
  • Zionsville Middle School, Zionsville

     Indiana has a proud track record of having the nation’s top math problem solvers, producing the National MATHCOUNTS champion in two of the last five years: Chad Qian of Indianapolis in 2012 and Mark Sellke from West Lafayette in 2010. Indiana’s team finished fifth in the nation in 2010.

     The top six teams will receive team and individual awards. The top four individual place finishers will make up Indiana’s team for national competition.

     The Indiana MATHCOUNTS competition schedule features:

     FIELDHOUSE AREA, SPORTS AND RECREATION CENTER

  • Sprint Round, 10:10-10:50 a.m.
  • Target Round, 11:10-11:40 a.m.
  • Team Round, 11:50 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

     HATFIELD HALL THEATER

  • Countdown Round, 1:30 p.m.
  • Awards, 2:30 p.m.