For the fourth year in a row, Blach Intermediate School of Los Altos has finished in first place at the Peninsula Chapter competition of Mathcounts, second largest chapter in the state and largest in Northern California. Egan Intermediate School of Los Altos finished third.
The team will proceed to the state competition, held at University of California at Davis on March 8. The top four individual students of the combined Northern and Southern Competitions will represent California at the National Mathcounts Competitions to be held in Washington, D.C., on May 8-12.
Blach students completed both within a team and individually, solving algebra and geometry word problems. Seventh-and-eighth-grade students from at least 16 local middle schools also completed.
In addition, three out of Blach's four-member team placed among the top 10 individual finishers. Team members include Wesley Battle (second place overall individual winner), Serena Chang (fifth place overall individual winner), Eunpi Cho (ninth place overall individual winner), and Kristine Yu, Melanie Hsia, Elvin Lee, Alice Wagner, Derek Fong, Kenny Fung, and Chris Testa were alternates. The latter three placed within the top 12 in a separate alternate competition. Blach mathematics teacher Marron Honigman was the coach.
Joining Blach at the state competition will be Stanford Middle School (second place team) and Egan Intermediate School of Los Altos (third place). Of the individual Egan students, Geoff Patterson placed third in the Peninsula chapter competition. The Egan team consists of Patterson, Chris Lin, Simone Manganelli, Beth Wildanger and Coach Nancy Wildanger.
The Mathcounts competition is one of the country's largest partnerships in education with more than 7,000 schools participating. It is the first nationwide program to combine efforts of education, business, government, and the technological community to promote excellence in mathematics among junior high school students. Former presidents Reagan and Bush, and President Clinton have each received Mathcounts national competitors in the Oval Office.
Mathcounts is sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers, the CNA Insurance Companies, the General Motors Foundation, the Intel Foundation, Texas Instruments Incorporated, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.