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Indianapolis’ Sycamore School Wins Indiana MATHCOUNTS Competition
March 10, 2012
Four students from Indianapolis' The Sycamore School came up
with the right answers on several challenge mathematics problems to
win this year's Indiana MATHCOUNTS championships on Saturday, March
10, at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Representing Indiana At Nationals: Indiana's team at the
upcoming MATHCOUNTS Nationals will include (from left) Trent
Tormoehlen, coach from The Sycamore School; Chad Qian of The
Sycamore School; Amanda Li of The Sycamore School; Caleb He of
Creekside Middle School; Anthony Ji of Creekside Middle School;
and Bob Fischer, coach from The Sycamore School.
Eighth graders Chad Qian and Amandi Li led the way for The
Sycamore School team, posting the top two individual scores among
the 201 competitors. Other team members were Vikas Maturi,
who placed 23rd, and Christina Duffield, who was 27th. The
team was coached by Trent Tormoehlen and Robert Fischer.
A team of seventh graders from Creekside Middle School of Carmel
was a close second after having Caleb He and Anthony Ji finish
third and fourth, respectively. The team also included
Brendan Yap, who was 10th, and his sister Melissa Yap. The
coach was Karmen Hamachek.
Placement in the top four individual finishers have qualified
The Sycamore School's Qian and Li to join Creekside's He and Ji on
the team that will represent Indiana in the MATHCOUNTS Nationals on
May 10-14 at Walt Disney World near Orlando. The coach will
be coached by Tormoehlen and Fischer.
Terre Haute's Honey Creek Middle School was third. Eighth
grader Jared Anklam was fifth while classmate Rita Cui was
eighth. Seventh graders Amit Chakrabarti and Chaman Kumar
were 16th and 22nd, respectively. The team was coached by
Fischer, Joann Orman and Henjin Chi.
Clay Middle School of Carmel was fourth. Team members were
eighth graders Miles Dai, who was 19th; Ryan Jou, 29th; Dana Wang
and Michael Wang. The team was coached by Sarah Tilbury.
Taking home fifth place was the West Lafayette Junior High
School team of seventh grader Arjun Ramani, who was 14th; eighth
graders Steven Weiner and Christopher Cooper, and seventh grader
Claudia Li. The team was coached by Patricia Hufford and
Klondike Middle School of West Lafayette rounded out the top six
team finishers. The team was led by eighth grader Melinda
Liu, who placed 11th; seventh grader Clara Sellke, who was 20th;
eighth grader Nikhil Carneiro and seventh grader Agustin
Garcia. The team was coached by JoAnn Ward.
Also earning awards for placing in the top 10 were Simon
Langowski, an eighth grader from Carmel Middle School who finished
sixth, and Peter Dun, an eighth grader from Fort Wayne's Woodside
Eighth-, seventh- and sixth-grade students from 44 Indiana
middle schools competed in this year's state MATHCOUNTS
finals. Each student participated in three rounds of
competition: Sprint, testing quickness to solve problems; Target,
testing problem-solving skills; and Team, testing teamwork
Then, the top 24 individual finishers squared off in a game
show-type Countdown Round, where quick problem-solving skills were
exhibited on stage in Rose-Hulman's Hatfield Hall Theater.
Qian of The Sycamore School also came out on top of this
MATHCOUNTS is one of the nation's largest and most successful
education partnerships. The Indiana competition was organized
by Patricia Behrens of the Indiana Society of Professional
Engineers, with assistance from Rose-Hulman Mathematics Professors
Elton Graves, John Rickert and Leanne Holder, Rose-Hulman students
and Terre Haute professional engineer Denis Radecki.
Indiana MATHCOUNTS Competition
Saturday, March 10 at Rose-Hulman Institute of
Team Results (Scores Not Released): 1. Sycamore School,
Indianapolis; 2. Creekside Middle School, Carmel; 3. Honey
Creek Middle School, Terre Haute; 4. Clay Middle School, Carmel; 5.
West Lafayette Junior High School, West Lafayette; 6. Klondike
Middle School, West Lafayette.
Top 10 Individuals (Scores Not Released): 1. Chad Qian*, Sycamore
Schoolar; 2. Amanda Li*, Sycamore School; 3. Caleb He*, Creekside
Middle School; 4. Anthony Ji*, Creekside Middle School; 5. Jared
Anklam, Honey Creek Middle School; 6. Simon Langowski, Carmel
Middle School; 7. Christopher Ray, Honey Creek Middle School; 8.
Rita Cui, Honey Creek Middle School; 9. Peter Dun, Woodside Middle
School; 10. Brendan Yap, Creekside.
Honorable Mention Individuals: Melinda Liu, Klondike Middle School;
Victor Pan, Summit Middle School; Jack Bao, Discovery Middle
School; Arjun Ramani, West Lafayette Junior High School; Ray Jiang,
Creekside Middle School; Amit Chakrabarti, Honey Creek Middle
School; Aryaman Gupta, Sycamore School; Owen Kraft, Westlane Middle
School; Miles Dai, Clay Middle School; Clara Sellke, Klondike
Middle School; Anthony Weng, Honey Creek Middle School; Chaman
Kumar, Honey Creek Middle School; Vikas Maturi, Sycamore School;
Kun Choi, Park Tudor School
Top Countdown Round Finishers: 1. Chad Qian, Sycamore
School; 2. Brendan Yap, Creekside
* Members of Indiana team that will compete in National
MATHOUNCTS championships on May 10-13 at Walt Disney World near