St. Bonaventure University hosted on Feb. 14 the regional phase of the 2015 MATHCOUNTS competition, a national contest for sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students.
Contestants worked both individually and in four-person school teams on questions designed by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the main sponsoring organization.
Kathy Stamets coached Allegany-Limestone students Ronnie Jakubczyk, Alice Li, Emmy Li and Shilpa Thandla. Shana Taylor coached students Christopher Mosley, Nia McFoy, Isiah Frederick, Lauryen Whiteside and Malachi Gates from Frederick Law Olmstead School in Buffalo.
The top school in this year’s regional phase was Allegany-Limestone, with Emmy Li in first place and Thandla in third place. McFoy of Frederick Law Olmstead took second place.
Organizations that provided financial support for the contest at the national level included CNA Foundation, ConcoPhillips, U.S. Department of Defense, Northrup Grumman Foundation, Raytheon Company, Texas Instruments, 3M Foundation, ThinkFun and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Locally, the contest was financially supported by St. Bonaventure University and an anonymous grant. Both the top school team and the top individual contestants received trophies. The teams have been invited to the New York state competition March 28 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.
The top individuals from the state contest will then advance to the national competition on May 8.
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